StudioFound & ANDTHENSTUDIO design coffee roastery and barista training space for the homeless in Peckham

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An industrial space in Peckham, South East London has been transformed into a coffee roastery and barista training school thanks to a collaboration between London design agencies Studio Found and ANDTHENSTUDIO.

Commissioned by Old Spike Roastery and Change Please, a not-for-profit organisation, the recent project saw an existing warehouse converted into a new airy, high-impact space that functions not only as a roastery and packaging depot for Old Spike Roastery, but also a barista training school for homeless people run by Change Please.  It will also be open to the public at certain times as a coffee and events space.

Working to a limited timescale and budget, the team designed a bold and hard-wearing concept and layout that made best use of the cavernous space for all its different coffee-related functions.

Low cost and easily available materials such as black stained plywood, steel mesh and polycarbonate were chosen to create a sturdy, clean industrial interior while colour and personality were added through the use of bold graphics.   Elements of timber were also used to soften the look and absorb sound.

Based on this design concept, the client commissioned illustrator Anthony Burrill, best known for his typographic, text-based compositions, to create a high-impact visual mural to bring to life the Old Spike Roastery and Change Please brands within the space.

“We wanted to create a space that not only delivered on functionality but also created an in-your-face visual representation of the Old Spike Roastery and Change Please brands. Somewhere dynamic and exciting where people felt immersed and connected to those brands as well as welcomed,” said Ed Plumb, Design Director, Studio Found.  “It was also a pleasure to collaborate with ANDTHENSTUDIO on this project.”

“We needed help turning an old industrial site into a state-of-the-art coffee roastery and training academy and had a fairly open brief to bring the space to life.  The whole process from the initial brief to the finished design pack was seamless and I found the team a pleasure to work with,” said Richard Robinson, Co Founder, Old Spike Roastery.

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