This project represents a true regeneration scheme. The old Bingo Hall, formally the Rialto Cinema, had been vacant and in a state of disrepair for over 12 years.
Although the original Consent was obtained by other architects, The Tooley & Foster Partnership were asked to redesign the scheme to make it work. The end result is a development that creates 6 retail units, 39 affordable flats, a central basement plant room and a new retail street with shared surface to allow controlled vehicular access.
Since the proposed site lay within the Enfield Conservation Area, next to the historic market square, a more traditional approach defined by the concept architects was adopted,reflecting the traditional roof and chimney detailing.
Although our redesign resulted in the loss of 3 flats, we maintained the number of habitable rooms to meet funding requirements. The scheme was re-submitted for Planning and Conservation Area Consents.
The original concept to define an entrance into Burleigh Way to provide a focal point at the end of the vista was maintained. This was achieved by setting the façade back and by placing a café with an outdoor seating area which acts as a magnet drawing people in from both ends – beneficial to the retail units. A new street was therefore planned,connecting the end of Burleigh Way to the market square, increasing the permeability of the site and contributing to the historic fabric of Enfield.