We are delighted to announce that our proposal for the transformation of The Poppy Factory in Richmond has been selected by the charity’s Board of Trustees following a limited competition managed by Stanhope and involving Caruso St. John, David Kohn Architects and Architecture 00.
One of the leading charities in the disabled employment industry, The Poppy Factory exists to provide a personalised employability service for veterans and raises awareness of the issues surrounding disability and employment. It also is a direct employer to a number of disabled veterans who produce Remembrance poppies and wreaths for the Royal Family and The Royal British Legion at its South London headquarters.
Founded in 1922, it has occupied its current site in Richmond since 1925 – a closed-in, semi-industrial area with a complex arrangement of buildings and functions resulting from various ad-hoc interventions over time.
The competition brief invited proposals for creating a more inclusive and inspiring workplace that better represents the charity’s identity and values. The Poppy Factory welcomes around 10,000 visitors to its site each year and competitors had to take into account a functioning factory operation whilst developing a visually exciting environment for visitors that enables the charity to better showcase its life-changing work.
Following the competition, SBa are now working closely with The Poppy Factory’s Trustees to re-appraise opportunities to refine the proposal and integrate the physical transformation of the Richmond site and facilities into the five-year strategy plan of the charity.