55 Suffolk Street was built in “the functional tradition” - a warehouse in which to store goods. They were built after the industrial revolution largely near waterways and later, railways. Abiding qualities are utter simplicity– plain brick walls with simple repetitive fenestration, robust construction, wide uninterrupted floor-space and reasonable room height for stacking goods. We are privileged to be acting for Forge Architects as the conservation consultants advising in the repair and re-use of this rare example of an intact structure in Bermondsey.
Characteristic features remaining of the original construction include all cast iron windows cruciform cast iron columns and grilles, trap doors within each floor, cranes, manual hoists, a canopy over drop loading-platforms and splendid roof trusses.