Marks & Spencer Food Store and Flats For Penwith Road

On the site of the old Earlsfield Motors Servicing Centre

An artist’s impression of the new Penwith Road development
An artist’s impression of the new Penwith Road development. Picture: AI Architects

The old Earlsfield Motors garage on Penwith Road has been demolished to make way for a new block of residential units and an M&S Simply Food store.

Planning has been granted for 19 one to three-bed apartments with balconies and terraces, as well as office space, cycle parking and the pre-let M&S store for the site at the junction of Penwith Road and Garratt Lane.

The residential units will provide both private and affordable tenure.

West End based Architecture Initiative have drawn up a design to introduce new uses for the former industrial area: “Our proposals for the site demonstrate how retail, residential and office uses can seamlessly co-exist together with industrial floorspace. We truly believe this is the way forward for the intensification and residential co-location across protected industrial locations, driving development value and socially sustainable communities.” With projects as diverse as Fulham Boys’ School, Working Title Film’s London Screen Academy and Olga Primary School in Bow in their portfolio, Architecture Initiative’s Managing Director, Matt Goodwin, said, “Our focus is on delivering a long-lasting positive effect on the lives of people that live, work, learn and interact in the worlds we create.”

The build is due for completion in December this year and is being project managed by Wandsworth’s Style and Space. The Replingham Road based outfit dubbed the new development “a landmark scheme in the heart of Earlsfield”.

Locally, Style and Space created Pirbright Place in Southfields on a narrow site previously used by a car repair workshop, as well as Earlsfield’s The Ravensbury, a selection of apartments built on the banks of the River Wandle.

Visual mock-up of interior. Picture: AI Architects
Visual mock-up of interior. Picture: AI Architects

Investec Real Estate last month announced a £10.85 million loan for the project. Speaking to Property Week, Ian Burdett of Investec’s Real Estate Finance Team, said: “This is a very well located mixed use development, which furthers our loan book exposure to London and those sectors – residential for sale, light industrial and convenience retail – that have outperformed over the past two years. Establishing new partnerships with fast growing, dynamic borrowers is central to our strategy.”

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May 24, 2022