Change of Use, Community Project, Environmentally Friendly, Self-Sustainable
Clapton E5, Hackney, London
2013 + 2015
Client. Community + Clapton Improvement Society
Pre-Planning Application approved
Planning Application Submitted
Building permit issuance
“The Convenience” on Brooksby’s Walk is the southern extension of the lively and vibrant Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton, leading towards Homerton High Street. The Convenience building is adjacent to No.1 Chatsworth Road. The public toilets had been closed since 1993 and re-opened after a systematic community effort in 2012, mainly by the Clapton Improvement Society, and with a little help from Yellow Cloud Studio.
The project proposed changing the use of half of the building into a non-profit event space for the community, while maintaining the other half as unisex public toilets with a baby changing room – a quite necessary commodity for Chatsworth Road, especially during the popular Chatsworth Market every Sunday.
Additionally, the goal of being the first completely self-sustainable toilets in London was achieved by implementing photovoltaic solar panels and rainwater collection on the roof, serving and surpassing all its needs for heating, hot water and all of the water supply for the public toilets.
The latest improvements recently submitted to the council include a discreet steel structure in the external area to the front of the building, which will allow for people to enjoy the outside seating area by giving them the sense of privacy and enclosure through the planter vegetation while at the same time reducing the visibility of the busy street.