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Taha to put on an East End show

Amin Taha Architects has won planning permission for this new theatre complex in Hackney, east London.

The £6 million project on Broadway Market - which will also include 12 apartments and an 80-cover restaurant - aims to be a central marker for the fastaccelerating regeneration of the surrounding area.

The main focus of the development, which was drawn up for a private developer, will be to provide a new home for a repertory theatre company that is currently touring.

The design aims to place the 200-seat theatre on a small site between a local pub and other shop fronts. It will then expand back, like a 'hammerhead plan', behind the tight frontage. The residential element will be placed at this larger rear, allowing the theatre entrance to predominate on the market itself.

Amin Taha said this configuration will 'install and make real the link between the community and the facilities within', making the theatre 'a public space'.

Inspiration to commission the scheme came from the theatrical history of the local Hackney area, including the recently restored Hackney Empire.

Taha said he hoped that the project would start on site at the beginning of 2006.

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