Camden, London
2016 - 2024

Set within a new public realm alongside the Regent’s Canal, Tribeca is a mixed-use development that will deliver over 1m sq. ft state-of-the-art flexible new labspace-to-workspace at the heart of London’s biotech cluster helping innovators compete in the fight for talent. 

To optimize the workspace for labs, we've developed hybrid base buildings featuring a structural grid that allows a variety of lab and office configurations. Additionally, the servicing strategy enables a blend of uses, integrating additional riser space zones within core areas and the enlarged roof plant enclosure accommodates lab ventilation systems. The scheme will support vibrant retail, restaurants, and residential spaces, providing a place to connect, innovate, and relax within a network of excellence.

Camden is London’s fastest-growing borough and is the home to a series of high-profile universities, hospitals, and scientific and medical institutions. The Francis Crick Institute have opened in recent years, further enhancing the area's appeal.

Tribeca replaces a large and monolithic 1980s sorting office – previously referred to as the Ugly Brown Building by its occupants. The full masterplan features six mixed-use buildings connected by pedestrian routes and public space that will also reopen access to the canal edge for the first time in 150 years.


The residential units are located to the south of the site, carefully orientated to offer views along the Regents Canal and to the south. Each unit will seek to maximise daylight and views, with flexible layouts and generous private balconies. A mixture of high-end private sale and affordable units are proposed in a range of unit sizes in order to create a diverse new neighbourhood. 


Tribeca is the first project to have demonstrated the use of Earth Blocks, where excavated clay from the construction site mixed with sand and straw has produced unfired bricks for the new development. The Earth blocks made from the excavated subsoil has been used in the lower levels of The Apex building.

Read more about Earth Blocks here.


Concept Sketch

Project Information

  • Client
  • Reef Estates
  • Area
  • Circa 1 million sqft
  • Structural and Civil Engineer
  • GD Partnership Ltd
  • Landscape Architect
  • Camlins
  • Cost Consultant
  • Gardiner & Theobald LLP
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health (MEP)
  • KJ Tait