Mistley, home to the Essex malting industry, is a designated conservation area. Thorn Quay, as the communal heart of Mistley is now classified as the village green (despite the lack of green). Therefore, when Open Spaces were appointed as Landscape Architects for the restoration of the old warehouse, a desktop study and a site visit were crucial to understand the sensitivity of this project.
Lying immediately adjacent to the Quay, the restoration of this listed warehouse can contribute to the revival of the Quay and assist the local action group ‘Free the Quay’ (follow the link to find out more).
With three different levels around the building, the High Street level took precedence as it establishes a connection with the community and the communal areas created on podiums in the heart of the built form.
The Quayside level stays sensitive to its considerable history, proposing to uncover industrial tracks, mirroring the rest of the Quayside, some of which has already been sensitively developed.