Cycle Hub feasibility study for a cafe, artist studios, co-working space & running club. Building on the infrastructure investment of Mini Holland projects in Waltham Forest. The Klassnik Corporation were appointed as architects to lead a team of consultants including structural, M&E and business planning services as part of a TfL funded feasibility study into the future potential of ‘The Cottage’ in Leyton Jubilee Park to make it an improved destination for cyclists. Enhancing the use of the site through building upon the existing facilities and successfully established communities to provide space for the growing cycling community in the borough whilst also improving the provision for the existing Eton Manor running club and cafe.
Alongside the sporting and cafe communities within the Cycle Hub, space for other compatible uses is proposed including artist studios and co-working space. Creating a vibrant economically sustainable expanded community asset shared by the whole community.
Following a series of public consultation events held within the park. Several scales of build were explored with all strategies building on the core of the existing cottage/cafe facility to minimise additional administration costs. All proposals include the retention and expansion of the existing cafe & kitchen facilities. Removing the existing changing/shower wing of the building and replacing it with a larger two storey facility within a low cost structure stepped back from Marsh Lane. Gradually increasing in height to minimise visual impact to the front of the historic Cottage. The end of this extension kinked and cantilevering to produce a sheltered cycling practice area on the south facing lawn and terrace with views across the park at first floor level.
A new generous entrance sculpted from brickwork to match the existing historic cottage, is created along the Marsh Lane frontage at the same level as the existing cafe floor height, eliminating the need for the existing ramp to access the facility and making the main front elevation accessible to all users including cyclists who can wheel their bikes through the ‘ride thru’ cafe.
Internally the ground floor is a large open space served and supervised from the cafe kitchen. An open and active shared area within a modified steel portal frame shed structure. Showers and changing facilities are arranged on the brook side of the building with mezzanine workspace and studio areas above. The end of the ground floor is also separable through folding screens to provide workshop / bike training and repair space when required.
At first floor a mezzanine wraps around the perimeter of the building housing artists studios and co-working desk space towards the back of the building. The resulting atrium providing light and natural ventilation to the ground floor and making visibile activity throughout the space. The existing exterior ramp replaced with accessible WC’s for general park usage.