Plans for a controversial gallery designed by Zaha Hadid in London will go ahead in spite of objections by English Heritage and a local conservation group.

Creators of its planning strategy for the 23,000ft² scheme in Hoxton Square, Turley Associates have received approval by the local borough of Hackney’s Planning Committee.

The project, which has been commissioned and funded by US art dealer Kenny Schacter, will combine 12,000ft² of gallery and exhibition space with 11,000ft² of residential accommodation.

Director at Turley Associates, Steve Rankin, said: “The development will deliver a scheme of the highest quality to complement the aesthetic, cultural and artistic eclecticism which has become the hallmark of the area, and will be one of East London’s most highly regarded buildings.”

“A Hadid building in Hoxton Square would be a tremendous boost to the area, creating jobs as well as a new international point of interest on the map for architecture lovers,” said Schacter.

English Heritage and the local Conservation Area Committee put in last-minute objections to the designs but Hackney Council’s urban design and conservation manager said the scheme represents a “great solution” for the square.

By staff writer.