York Road's Self Storage Centre To Be Demolished

To make way for new self-storage, office and residential units

York Road's Self Storage Centre To Be Demolished
The storage centre as it is today. Picture: Google Streetview

An mid-rise storey new housing and storage block is planned for the corner of York Road and Mendip Road.

The planned redevelopment at 248-250 York Road has been submitted by Precis Advisory - the London-based self-storage and hotel operator - and Access Storage, and is proposing the demolition of the current Access self-storage and office building, and replacing it with a block ranging from eight to thirteen storeys, with a podium level and double basement, comprising 193 shared-living spaces, 131 residential units, storage and office space, a café, and landscaped outdoor areas.

The entire redevelopment of storage, office, residential and co-living uses will be run and managed by Precis Advisory/Access Self Storage Ltd. In an area which has seen massive redevelopment in the last few years – including the Coda Building and the new Royal Academy of Dance, the Viewpoint apartments and new Lookers showroom, and the current regeneration of the Winstanley Estate - Precis and Access’ planning application states their case for another York Road rebuild: “The area which surrounds the Site has experienced significant growth over the past two decades. While York Road has traditionally been associated with industrial uses, a number of major residential developments have come forward since the early 2000s, transforming the character of the surroundings.”

In March this year the project secured the backing of the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce who commented: “The model combining the mix of uses and its ongoing management means that this will not be a situation where the applicant completes the project, sells its interest and then simply moves on elsewhere to start a new one.”

How the new building may look from York Road
How the new building may look from York Road. Picture: ColladoCollins/Wandsworth Council

Architectural plans for the corner site have been drawn up by West End outfit ColladoCollins, who are behind London projects such as the proposed redevelopment of Clapham Junction and Southwark Fire Station as well as the refurbishment of West Hall at Olympia. ColladoCollins state, “We ensure every building we work on perfectly fits its surrounding area in an environmentally conscious and visually arresting way.”

Proposals for the landscaping have been drawn up by Gillespies, the team behind the outdoor spaces at the Ram Quarter and Riverlight.

There are no proposals in the current plan for affordable or social housing, which the Mayor’s office has deemed “wholly unacceptable” in January this year resulting in the planning application being put under the review of Greater London Authority officers.

However Precis Advisory and Access have pointed out that they will continue to manage the site after it is rebuilt and will therefore remain an active, long-term and therefore valuable contributor to the local community particularly in their provision of flexible shared-living spaces.

Proposals are still open for local comment here

An aerial view of the proposed buildings. Picture: Gillespies/Wandsworth Council

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July 5, 2021