Hammerson, Ballymore increase number of homes for Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme

WCN Editorial Team 5 Mar 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

A joint venture between Hammerson and Ballymore has revised proposals increasing the number of homes that will be constructed to 500 and the size of the proposed public park as part of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard development.

The plans for the site in east London are aimed at creating a 10-acre, mixed-use urban quarter in the heart of Shoreditch.

The companies have worked with FaulknerBrowns Architects, Eric Parry Architects, Buckley Gray Yeoman, Spacehub, and Chris Dyson Architects and launched a consultation on revisions to the existing planning application for the site in November 2018.

Later, the companies have sought to optimise the residential provision on the site following the consultation and discussions with the Greater London Authority, Hackney Council and Tower Hamlets Council.

They are now proposing 500 homes, an increase from the 250 proposed earlier, of which 35% will be affordable.

The joint venture also plans to remove a building previously proposed on the eastern end of the elevated park to create a larger greenspace, creating more than 4,000m² space to the eastern end of the park and increasing the public realm to more than 1.25 hectares at park level.

The park will include a series of connected gardens, terraces and walkways, providing biodiversity, including trees, planting and a range of accessible amenity space.

The developers have launched a second public exhibition on the updated proposals until 9 March 2019.

The revised proposals have removed the two high-rise residential towers originally proposed in the existing planning application.

Focus will be on flexible workspace and the creative industries and the revised approach allows for lower building heights and reduced density. Consequently, the tallest building in the scheme – a 750,000ft² office building designed by Eric Parry Architects, has been brought down to 29 storeys from 46.

The revised proposals also retain more of the site’s heritage. A new pedestrian street will connect Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street, lined with retail, affordable workspace and studios.

The proposals include 1.4 million ft² of offices and affordable workspace, 175,000ft² of retail, a destination building for cultural space on Brick Lane, and exhibition space along the London Road beneath an elevated park.

At street level, a new east-west pedestrian street will be constructed from Brick Lane to Shoreditch High Street.

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

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Image: The Bishopsgate Goodsyard Park. Photo: Courtesy of Hammerson.

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