Woolwich Works (previously known as Woolwich Creative District) is a £31 million project by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to restore five heritage Grade II listed buildings on the Royal Arsenal, creating a new landmark cultural hub for London. With large-scale, flexible performance and event spaces, rehearsal studios, bars and a café, the site will be home to a number of local, national and internationally-renowned resident artistic companies including Punchdrunk, the hugely successful immersive theatre.
The major investment brought a series of landmark historic buildings back into use to form the creative district. Bennetts Associates have been appointed to carry out the plan to transform five buildings, including The Carriageworks, previously known as Building 19. The work to the building included sensitively restored roof and windows to ensure adequate soundproofing. The Mace Group, and Arc Waterproofing were delivering Woolwich Creative District, transforming a historic military complex into a major cultural destination.
Del Carmen Ultra slate was accepted for this project for its geological similarities with Welsh slates, and for SSQ’s comprehensive package of guarantees – Ultra Cover. Which is designed to ensure that the product last longer than the building it is installed on. Two thousand square metres of SSQ’s Del Carmen Ultra slate were used on Cartridgeworks pavilion roof and fitted by ARC Group London.
Taken from one of Northern Spain’s most celebrated quarries, Del Carmen is of such a high quality that it’s one of extremely few imported slates that has been approved for use in areas of historic and culturally importance. Del Carmen slate is often hand-picked by architects for its distinctive, faintly-rippled texture, deep blue-black colour and longitudinal grain. We guarantee it for up to 100 years – and there has never been a single recorded failure of a Del Carmen roof anywhere in the world. This combination of outstanding performance and stunning natural aesthetics made it the perfect choice for this gorgeous development.