Developer Rydon Construction and Family Mosaic Architects HTA
The planning application is on the Tower Hamlets website here
application number PA/13/00384
“Full planning permission and conservation area consent for the demolition of all of the buildings on the site apart from two facades of the building fronting Hackney Road; erection of two courtyard buildings of part 5, 6, 7 and 9 storeys to provide 188 residential units (C3 Use) and 100 sqm (GIA) of flexible commercial/community floorspace (A1 and/or A2 and/or A3 and/or A4 and/or B1 and/or D1 and/or D2 and/or ‘Community Enterprise’ use); the creation of a new shared surface link between Kay Street and Haggerston Park; a shared surface street to the north of the development allowing access to basement parking for 30 cars; and associated highways and landscaping works.”
Model showing new buildings in white
1Buff brick to complement existing Hackney Road building
2Light brick to reveals
3Aluminium rainscreen cladding
5Obscured glazed privacy screen
8Timber private entrance doors to ground floor maisonettes
The design is almost identical to a development in Commercial Road by the same architects
Site Investigation report
6.8.3 The investigation has identified some elevated levels of contaminants in the soil which may pose a risk to human health. It is recommended that this assessment be given to the relevant water supply company at an early stage (ideally prior to an application for planning permission being made) to confirm its requirements, which may not necessarily be the same as those recommended by UKWIR. the investigation has identified levels of contaminants in the soil which may pose a risk to PE water pipes.
7.31 To protect human health, for landscaping/communal areas and for gardens where vegetables could be grown, clean cover of 300mm, and 400mm is recommended respectively.
7.32 Given the existence of made ground on the site it would be prudent to maintain vigilance during site clearance and construction, in case any further areas of suspected contamination are encountered.
“Muffin Lane” (above)
Wind Environment Desk Top Study
Downdrafts along the western façade of the building have the potential to accelerate around building corners and create conditions suitable for fast walking, usually associated with business activities. Wind conditions at entrances located along the passageway between the two buildings [“Muffin Lane”] may not be suitable for pedestrian ingress/egress. All other entrances within the site are expected to be suitable for at least short period of sitting / standing and would therefore be suitable for pedestrian ingress/egress in relation to recreational activities.
Socio Economic Assessment Former Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital (Report by Savills)
The borough is facing considerable change with a significantly increasing population, with a changing composition in terms of age and ethnicity. The borough is one of the most deprived local authority areas in England and has above average levels of crime. The borough has significant housing need for both private and affordable housing. The proposed development will contribute towards meeting this need but will place additional pressures on the demand for services such as education, healthcare and open space, for which any development will need to assess and mitigate any impacts.
A Conservation Project?
Only two of the original external walls of the Hackney Road building will remain and the third wall on Goldsmith’s Row will be rebuilt and added to. Almost all the internal walls will be removed with the loss of the large rooms on the ground floor.