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Shoreditch Village wins planning from Hackney

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EllisMiller has won planning permission, listed building and conservation area consent from Hackney Council for “Shoreditch Village” – a 150,000 sq ft public realm and mixed-use project at the heart of London’s creative quarter. The committee agreed with its planning officers’ recommendation for approval, and voted unanimously in favour of the plans. The scheme also received overwhelming support from statutory and local groups, including English Heritage, OPEN Shoreditch, and Transport for London.

In tackling one of the capital’s most complex sites, EllisMiller’s masterplan will create a significant new public realm whilst restoring lost connections across the neighbourhood and enhancing Shoreditch as one of London’s key destinations. It will provide a vibrant mix of retail, cafe, restaurant, office and residential space, alongside an innovative 185 bed hotel for international operators citizenM. At the heart of the scheme will be a new street market containing temporary and semi-permanent stalls.

The 1.6 acre site is used as a car park and has recently been the location for events and media centre Hackney House and ‘pop-up’ restaurants, also designed by EllisMiller. The site is located opposite the Tea Building and Shoreditch High Street Station within the South Shoreditch Conservation Area and includes a listed building fronting Shoreditch High Street. The main challenge is a large concrete viaduct carrying the London Overground line that bisects the site.

EllisMiller’s scheme reinstates a historic working courtyard at the centre of the site, opening up historic routes reconnecting the fragmented southern area of Shoreditch. Where the site previously acted as a physical barrier to the rest of the neighbourhood, new pedestrian routes will re-interpret the historic street plan, providing new links and connections to the surrounding area. These routes will knit the development into its surroundings, allowing Shoreditch Village to quickly become assimilated into the neighbourhood.

Dominic White, one of the private investors and also managing the project, commented: “EllisMiller have produced plans for an outstanding scheme. They engaged well with the local community and other stakeholders, and addressed the many challenges of this unusual site with imagination. Thanks to EllisMiller’s design skill, Shoreditch Village encapsulates Shoreditch’s unique character and will provide a real destination for people to live, work, shop, eat or simply enjoy.”

Chris Patience, Partner at EllisMiller added: “We’re delighted to have secured planning for Shoreditch Village on one of London’s most challenging and high profile sites. We’re particularly pleased to receive an approval in such a short period of time with the overwhelming support of local and statutory groups. Shoreditch will now have a fantastic new public space with a lively mix of uses which will ensure its long-term social and commercial success.”

EllisMiller is working as lead architects with support from Gustafson Porter (landscape design), Elliott Wood (structural and civil engineers), Atelier Ten (M&E), Concrete (hotel specialist) and Julian Harrap Architects (conservation specialist) to realise the scheme.

Construction is expected to start at the beginning of 2014 and the whole scheme will be completed by mid 2015.

01 August 2013