Hammerson, Ballymore JV submits revised plans for mixed-use scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 29 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

A joint venture between property development and investment firm Hammerson and Irish property developer Ballymore has submitted revised plans to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the regeneration of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard to create a 10-acre mixed-use scheme in Shoreditch, east London.

The revised plans have been submitted following a public consultation and discussions between the joint venture, the GLA, Hackney Council, Tower Hamlets Council and other stakeholders.

The regeneration of Bishopsgate Goodsyard is part of Hammerson’s City Quarters concept, announced in 2018, which will deliver vibrant mixed-use neighbourhoods.

According to the revised plans, 500 homes will be constructed, of which 50% will be affordable. The previous application, submitted in 2014, proposed 15% affordable housing.

The previous planning application comprised 1,356 new homes, 700,000ft² office space and 180,000ft² of retail space.

The project will also provide 1.4m ft² of workspace in five buildings, including 140,000ft² of affordable space, which will be among the largest single contributions of any development in London.

It will include a high line-style public park on top of the restored railway arches, comprising connected gardens, terraces and walkways, and a variety of biodiversity, including trees and planting.

The site will have more than six acres of public realm, 25% larger than originally proposed and will cover more than 50% of the site.

The scheme is expected to support more than 8,300 jobs after completion.

The site has been derelict since a fire in the 1960s and the joint venture acquired the site from Railtrack in 2002.

The revised planning application has also reduced the overall height and scale of buildings across the site, particularly the heights of residential buildings along Sclater Street.

Many of the site’s heritage and listed structures will be retained. The listed Braithwaite Viaduct arches will be opened to the public and the Oriel Gate will be restored to become the ‘gateway’ entrance from Shoreditch High Street.

The scheme will include a series of new pedestrian streets that will connect Brick Lane, Shoreditch High Street and Sclater Street, lined with retail, residential and workspace.

The restored Braithwaite Arches will provide spaces for more than 100 retail and restaurants.

The joint venture will hold a consultation with the local community and stakeholders on the creation of a destination building for cultural space on Brick Lane.

The design team comprises master planner FaulknerBrowns Architects; architects Eric Parry Architects, Buckley Gray Yeoman, and Chris Dyson Architects; and landscape architects Spacehub.

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Image: Hammerson, Ballymore JV submits revised plans for urban quarter in UK. Photo: Courtesy of Ballymore.

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