The Bottle Factory

The Bottle Factory is a former mineral water and ginger beer factory which dates to 1895 and was in operation for almost a century through J. Mills & Sons. The site is situated in the Glengall Road conservation area and boasts several unique characteristics including the yellow London stock brick elevations, natural slate roof coverings and crittall windows, which all contribute to its heritage status. Opera have been appointed as Project Manager and Contractor Administrator on the extensive refurbishment of the building(s), to provide flexible B1 office and B2 industrial space in the rapidly changing London suburb of Bermondsey.

Restoring the existing character of the buildings(s) is at the heart of the client brief, with the design team tasked to expose the existing steel framed structure, brickwork elevations and pitched timber roof structures. A series of structural and compliancy works have also been required to respond to the dilapidated condition inherited by Fabrix after years of neglect by the previous Landlord. These have included forming new stair cores, opening areas of the building to improve flexibility and carrying out strengthening works where required. Sustainability has been at the core of client brief, reusing existing materials wherever possible whilst also incorporating recycled materials from other sites.

The existing utility services to the building are significantly under provisioned, which has led to a full replacement strategy being implemented. This includes the installation of a new electricity sub-station on site.

Architect:
Studio RHE
Year:
Current
Service:
  • Contract Administration
  • Project Management
Sector:
  • Mixed‐Use Regeneration
Client:
Fabrix
Architect:
Studio RHE
Year:
Current
Service:
  • Contract Administration
  • Project Management
Sector:
  • Mixed‐Use Regeneration
Client:
Fabrix