Architects combine on Wickside

Nick Myall
Friday 22 Jun 2018

A ‘new piece of London’ is being created in Hackney Wick

BUJ Architects & Ash Sakula Architects have announced that their Wickside project in London has received planning permission from the LLDC last night. Wickside, one of the largest development sites in Hackney Wick, will provide 475 homes and 300 jobs on a former waste transfer site, creating a permeable, mixed use neighbourhood comprising differently sized urban blocks set around ordinary London streets. Each block is made up of a variety of individually scaled buildings creating a complex and diverse townscape. Rooftops are extensively greened, and provide opportunities to grow and play for residents.

Wickside is an ‘‘outstanding’’ mixed use development, that aims to enhance and support an existing creative community through the retention and regeneration of a number of existing on-site heritage assets, supported by residential accommodation, an industrial working yard, a craft brewery, casting foundry, food quarter and art gallery, all set alongside a new linear, south facing, canalside park. Existing buildings form pavilions, restaurants, an art gallery and café, all enhancing the extensive new public realm.

At the east end of the site, the LLDC’s new north-south route and canal bridge for pedestrians and cyclists linking the new Hackney Wick Station and Fish Island is carefully knitted into the urban realm. Piers Gough, sitting on the LLDC planning committee described the scheme as handsome, elegant, quirky, delightful and beautifully handled. He was amazed by its quality and described its liveability as “the best we’ve ever seen”.

Robert Sakula, Founding Partner at Ash Sakula Architects said, “We’re delighted that the project can now move forward and play its part in the regeneration of Hackney Wick. We’ve aimed to create a proper piece of city, closely integrated with the different characteristics of its surroundings, so that Wickside becomes not just one place but many places.”

Frank Green, Founding Partner at BUJ Architects LLP said, “I’m really proud to be instrumental in the vision and Masterplanning of this ‘’outstanding’’ new piece of London.“ Guy Forrester, Founding Partner at BUJ Architects LLP said, “Eight years in the cooking we now look forward to the next phase, delivering a new piece of London to live, work & play in.“

Nick Myall

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