Whilst there is little historic imagery of the Vastern Road site and its buildings, the SSE archives provides an insight into the building types that have been adopted over the years. The photographs below provide an overview of the building styles and architecture that have influenced our latest proposals.
Site Development Timeline:
When considering the design for the Vastern Road site, it has been necessary to understand the history of the site and how it has evolved over time. The project team has worked with a heritage consultant to document the history of the site. The time-line above demonstrates the evolution of the electricity works over time, leading to the development of the office and substation complex currently occupying the site.
We have explored similar industrial buildings to inform the proposed design.
Power Station Precedents
The images to the right are of power stations built in the same era as Vastern Road and demonstrate similar forms, brick details and materiality. Following analysis of historic photographs of Vastern Road and other power stations constructed around the same period, the key features which have informed our design are:
Wharfside buildings are immediately recognisable in terms of design, which was driven almost entirely by function rather than aesthetics. Common elements and materials of this style of built form include the following: