Units and density: 18 mixed tenure homes with commercial space at ground floor, 325 hrh, 113 dph
Status: Completed 2017
Great Eastern Buildings is a mixed use development on a brownfield site in Hackney providing 14 intermediate and 4 market sale units with creative industry space located at street level.
The site was formerly offices for the Great Eastern Railway and sits between the municipal buildings located on Mare St and 3 storey Victorian residential properties forming the Horton Road Conservation Area.
building responds to the brief to provide creative industries units by creating
a shop-front open to the street and onto a shared forecourt space opposite the
railway arch that could be used for events.
A new Mews street is proposed parallel to the railway line which
responds to the depth of the site accessing the units reminiscent of a London
units are designed to meet Lifetime Homes, HCA and London Housing Design Guide
criteria and benefit from generous external space in the form of terraces and
building is designed to Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 and benefits from an
array of sustainable features including green roofs, SUDS, photo-voltaic
panels, micro CHP boiler, heat recovery ventilation system and a highly
insulated building envelope.
floor units benefit from private patio gardens which extend out from and
compliment internal living spaces. The
communal garden space is designed to have a natural feel and to provide a
stimulating bio diverse environment containing play and social spaces combined
with wild flower planting and an ‘insect hotel.’
material palette of brickwork echoes the surrounding Victorian Housing and
railway viaduct. The Mews elevation
interprets the elements of a traditional Mews in a contemporary manner by utilising
white brickwork to ground floor with darker brickwork above and metal
balustrading to terraces and Juliet balconies.
blank gable elevation addressing the railway benefits from traditional painted
signage that is visible from Mare street giving the building and creative
industry units a presence as well as referencing the sites past and historical