‘The Generator’ is a new generation of workspace building within the new Oval masterplan in Lambeth by GRID. The name reflects the historic use of the site and alludes to the proposed innovative, co-working space centred around spacious, flexible ground floor uses and a self-contained office building above.
The masterplan orders the site in 4 perimeter blocks, each with strong frontages and active streets. The Generator, housing most of the commercial and community uses, has active frontages to all sides with the Workspace having a main access door on opposite sides. This will place its character as that of an arcade so to the middle to the deep plan is an internal ‘square’ with meeting, management and activity spaces. A new community space and café spill out of The Generator into the proposed new luscious, green, public space: The Lime Grove.
On the floors above the deep floor plates allow for open plan or cellular arrangement, providing the flexibility for one, or a number of tenants. The top floor is set back providing a large, communal roof terrace for the tenants’ use, with views out towards the Oval cricket ground and the Grade II listed gas holder frame; a greatly attractive and sought after feature of modern office buildings. Architecturally the strong, brick façade has been carefully designed to modulate natural light and reduce heat gain – a big challenge in the modern office.