East End to get ‘creative’ commercial property


London’s East End is soon to get a new commercial property development, designed especially for the creative industries.

The £4.5 million building will be home to Metropolitan Works, a creative centre and is due to open in February next year.

According to the architect Cartwright Packard: “The centre will house state of the art digitally controlled manufacturing equipment, assembly rooms and workshop space as well as CAD offices and CAD suites for hire.”

The build has been designed for London Metropolitan University, which has buildings in Moorgate, Shoreditch, Whitechapel and across the capital.

Building Design has said the 1,100 sq ft building was inspired by its semi-industrial site.

The designer explained that its cladding will be from “pressed and perforated metal panels”, which should help it retain a modern appearance.

Lightweight and eco-friendly construction materials are crucial when building new commercial property, especially if developers want to hit sustainability targets.