Chisenhale Works was reconstructed in the late 1930s by Morris Cohen as a veneer factory, until it was abandoned in the 1970s. The existing building is formed from two adjoining blocks beside the Hertford Union Canal on a street of Victorian terraced houses, with Victoria Park to the north. The building has since been used as a brewery (now discontinued) and since 1980 has been home to Chisenhale Art Place. Studio Multi's proposal extends the building, and upgrades the existing structure to provide step-free access, additional floor space and new community facilities.
A new extension building would house artists studios. The structure throughout targets low embodied carbon using engineered timber where possible.