Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Live over the Shop; HOMES & PROPERTY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Live over the Shop; HOMES & PROPERTY

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Fusion schemes are the new way to bring shops, homes and offices together to enliven the inner city, says David Spittles BOHEMIAN Camden is a cool place to live now that the Ice Works, a contemporary new office building alongside Regent's Canal, is close to completion. It is one of a growing number of "fusion" developments sprouting up across London: smaller, mixed-use sites that combine office space, retail premises and homes.

In the early 1990s, the Ice Works was earmarked for some new social security offices - which may, in itself, be evidence of Camden's rapidly changing character.

In the days before refrigerators, the site was a store for Arctic ice. It has the capital's largest underground ice well, which is now safely covered, at the insistence of English Heritage, as part of the redvelopment project.

It is a joint venture between London and Argyll Securities and Barratt (the latter is building 14 flats overlooking Camden Lock). The commercial space is suitably sleek and, says director Matthew Laurance, will suit small media companies priced out of the West End. "Camden is culturally compatible with Soho and about half the price," he adds.

Canalside properties suit the image of media companies, but there isn't an abundance of quality office space.

Theatrical costumier Angels and Berman is to surrender its lease at 40 Camden Street to create potential for a new 150,000sq ft development opportunity, which will be good news for the area.

The Ice Works is due for completion in the spring. Barratt's apartments will take longer and prices are expected to range from [pound]500,000 to [pound]1.5 million (call 020 7436 1766 for more details).

Primrose Hill is a leafy enclave tucked away behind Camden's busy thoroughfare. Here, too, is another trendy fusion development with an industrial legacy. …

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