Gransden Avenue Gets Planning

Last night saw Hackney Borough Council vote in favour of approving the proposed mixed-use development in the thriving area of London Fields, submitted by GHA in summer 2015.

Situated in the heart of the creative Hackney borough and adjacent to London Fields Station, the development consists of 42 high quality residential units and 2041 sqm of much needed commercial space.

The design intent is to re-establish Fortescue Avenue, which runs West-East, as a pedestrian route linking the scheme with Mentmore Terrace in the West. This scheme can also facilitate linking through to Mare Street in the future should the opportunity arise. A key aspect of the design is the flexible workshop spaces, accessed directly from the new route through the site. These spaces will act as an incubator for vibrant business start-ups, providing workshop spaces that allow creative and like-minded individuals to collaborate and share ideas.

Above these commercial spaces are two new residential blocks, with a raised garden and public realm sitting between them designed alongside the Hackney based collective Muf Architecture/Art. Situated to the South of these two blocks is a new terrace block, comprising commercial spaces at street level with a mix of residential units above.

The material palette developed out of a research process into the local heritage and characteristics of the area; a pale coloured brick references the historic industrial nature of the surrounding buildings, whilst the rust-coloured zinc panelling and roofs introduce a contemporary feel to the scheme.

Published on 10 March 2016

01. The scheme as seen from Gransden Avenue, looking East down the proposed new Mews Street
02. Mews Street View
03. This section shows the flexible workshop spaces with the raised gardens / public realm space above available to residents