Full Architectural Design
The TSVC site is at the heart of Fish Island in Hackney Wick and lies to the West of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The 2012 London Olympics kick-started widespread regeneration of the Lea Valley area, which continues under the jurisdiction of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). The design team undertook an extensive programme of consultation and review with the LLDC throughout the design process.
A key driver for the redevelopment of the site was to enhance the public realm locally and improve the connectivity of the wider area through the delivery of a new legible pedestrian route between the station to the north and the Hertford Union Canal to the south. The route also reinstates a lost historic street, which began a process of redefining the urban environment with strong active street frontages around the site.
The layout and scale of the buildings was derived to fit with the existing and emerging urban grain of the area. The scheme comprises four buildings, with the three to the west being connected by a ground floor podium. Similarly the buildings were capped at six storeys so as to respect the historic heritage assets within the adjacent conservation area.
The accommodation comprises 145 residential units, with associated car parking and amenity spaces together with flexible commercial floor space, at ground, fronting the public realm. The buildings are defined by contemporary brickwork and metalwork detailing which references the nearby industrial buildings of merit, as does the tones of brickwork which were selected to sit comfortably against them, whilst the dark brickwork proposed for the two western buildings reflects the gritty industrial character of Fish Island, to ensure the successful integration of the scheme into the townscape.