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Shared tiered yards, parks and gardens unite as new mixed-use housing scheme in Hackney Wick receives planning permission

By Luke pH+
May 23, '18 11:13 AM EST
View looking south east across first floor shared garden and public garden
View looking south east across first floor shared garden and public garden

Architects pH+ and Developer City & Suburban have received planning permission for a new mixed-use scheme on Fish Island in Hackney Wick as part of the Wickside Masterplan. Drawing on the concept of shared space where residential, working and public uses meet; Trego Road, is designed around a series of communal tiered yards, parks, and gardens.

Providing 52 new homes, maker spaces and tiered public and private amenity spaces, the scheme has been carefully developed to respond to the scale and materiality of the existing and emerging context whilst ensuring the building possesses a character of its own within the streetscape. The project will accommodate a greater diversity of tenure and uses, as well as the in between “non saleable” shared spaces, required to create cohesive fully functioning and successful communities.

Two typologies are expressed by two material styles. To the street side, the arrangement of balconies and voids sits behind a series of columns that punctuate the façade of the building creating depth, shadow and movement. The central sculptural form folds across the site and is clad in corrugated bronze metal referencing the industrial buildings of its surrounding context.

A super basement concept is proposed to respond to the creative industries who have historically adopted the locale. Fabrication spaces (B2) on the lower ground are exhibited through yard and street facing active frontages of showroom and office space (B1) at ground floor level. This layering allows residential uses to sit above and alongside noisier light industrial maker spaces without impacting on the use and enjoyment of either whilst allowing rich neighborhoods to form

Andy Puncher, pH+ Director, said: "Trego Road is the second of a series of projects we are working on at Fish Island which seek to explore how intensifying, concentrating and densifying a range of uses can create higher quality living and working environments and ultimately the formation of stronger and richer communities. Its scale and position within a larger masterplan has facilitated greater explorations of boundaries between public and private space and residential and commercial uses which we look forward to developing in greater detail as the project moves to the site stages at the end of the year.”   

Glen Charles, Director of City & Suburban and role said: As a developer we are interested in building communities. Working with pH+ across a range of sites and locations we have been able to explore the fundamental role the intensifying of use plays in delivering truly sustainable  living and working environments.


For more information about the scheme and pH+ please contact:

Luke Neve

020 7613 1965

Notes to Editors

About pH+

The core principle of pH+ is predicated around the belief that by delivering high quality and considered “shared spaces” higher commercial and residential densities can be accommodated to enhance, rather than detract from, living and working experiences. We continually test our design responses at every stage of their delivery to ensure the quality of the living and working experiences they facilitate are enhanced rather than compromised by increased densification

We create consistently high quality projects that push spaces to work harder to realize architecture that is profitable for the client and a desirable place for future communities to form. Projects range from private houses to large residential schemes, schools to temples, cultural to civic buildings. Combining traditional architectural methods, such as hand drawings and iterative models, with bespoke feasibility studies, innovative design and extensive construction and delivery experience, we are well placed to work on projects at any scale.

The design and delivery of intensified mixed-use architecture has become central to the work of our practice. We welcome the challenges that come with tight sites and a large amount of our projects are schemes that have received planning permission where others have failed as a result of this. We welcome dialogue and encourage our clients to contribute to these explorations, ensuring the final formula provides as tailored a response as possible.