Jonathan Tuckey gets green light to rework south London ‘Fun Factory’

Architect Jonathan Tuckey Design
Interiors Jonathan Tuckey Design
Start on site Late 2023
Location London, United Kingdom
Client Private
Engineers Halstead
M&E consultant Carnell Warren


The approved scheme will add a terrace and a metal fire escape at the rear of the building that goes across all storeys and includes a bathhouse on the first floor. They will also replace some windows and add more, replace the garage door, bring back some roof glazing and replace the existing rooflights, among other changes.

The practice said that they would incorporate hemp panelling, timber partitions and cork flooring in the scheme to soften interiors and reduce the project’s carbon footprint. 

The architects said they had ‘sought to translate a functional brief into a series of elegant and alluring spaces’.

The Southwell Road building now serves as an office and a home for a private client.

Jonathan Tuckey said they would also reveal some of the existing brickwork and add a new wall panel made from stainless steel on the lower floors, transitioning into warmer timbers higher up in the building in naturally lit spaces. 

The early 20th century ‘Fun Factory’ in Camberwell was once the headquarters of music hall impresario Fred Karno. Celebrated performers such as Stan Laurel and local boy Charlie Chaplin used to rehearse there.

They added: ‘Establishing a greater relationship to the building’s floor plan whilst retaining the rich and significant history of the former “Fun Factory” will be realised through renewal of original elements and implementation of improved accessibility.’

Work is due to start on site later this year.

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