Hawkins\Brown worked in conjunction with the London Borough of Hackney to develop proposals for an empty site close to London Fields and Victoria Park, as part of the Council’s extensive Estate Regeneration Programme.
With a swathe of identical low-rise domestic buildings surrounding the site, we sought to build on this sense of place to create a focal point for the local community. In line with the Council’s aspiration to develop a new London vernacular for housing, the buildings reference solidly built and well-detailed traditional Victorian terraces, with uniformity and elegance, but also individuality. A large warehouse style building projects forward to mark the corner.
Improvements to the public realm include re-landscaping the surrounding streets, providing traffic calming and new pedestrian links. Behind the street frontages, an elegant landscaped courtyard is framed by the new buildings. A grove of lime trees; an open sunny area with a grassy mound and seating provides a place for residents to enjoy. The scheme was granted planning consent in November 2013.