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Adjaye submits plans for post-riot Hackney fashion hub

David Adjaye and developer Manhattan Loft have submitted plans for a multi-million pound Fashion Hub in Hackney, east London

The project in Morning Lane and Chatham Place is being billed as a ‘world class fashion retail’ centre and includes space for local designers to set up business and showcase their products.

The major development on the Olympic fringe aims to create a new retail and tourism destination around an existing Burberry factory outlet shop.

Consultation began on the scheme in October 2012 and, following feedback, initial designs were altered ‘significantly’ with the height of the plans reduced by one storey and a new pedestrianised area introduced.

A decision is expected in September and construction work could start on site early next year (2014).

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Adjaye reveals images of post-riot Hackney fashion hub

David Adjaye has unveiled the first image of plans for an east London fashion outlet village - part of plans to revamp Hackney following the 2011 riots

The major development on the Olympic fringe aims to create a new retail and tourism destination around an existing Burberry factory outlet shop.

Backed by Manhattan Loft Corporation, Hackney Council, Network Rail and the Mayor of London, the project seeks to build on the district’s growing popularity with fashion collectors to create an east London version of Carnaby Street.

Shop fronts, retail units and railway arches around Chatham Place – close to the centre of the summer 2011 riots in the area – will be transformed into a new fashion hub. According to the project’s backers, the idea is based on the success of Bicester Village retail outlet in Oxfordshire.

Adjaye, principal architect of Adjaye Associates, said: ‘Our proposals offer a beacon for Hackney Central. The buildings will create a light-filled, compelling environment that captures Hackney’s creative energy, gives local residents a sense of pride in their built environment and provides an exciting new draw for visitors.’

The development will replace the temporary structures already created on the site by Manhattan Loft Corporation and Chatham Works and which currently house fashion brands Pringle and Aquascutum.

Adjaye Associates’ design includes retail and commercial buildings and the redevelopment of a dozen railway arches on Chatham place.  East is working on the project’s public realm and Adams and Sutherland has been appointed to work up shop front proposals.

The Mayor of London has provided £2 million from City Hall’s £70 million post-riot regeneration fund towards the project and Network Rail has pledged £3.3 million towards redeveloping railway arches along Morning Lane.

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Adjaye designing post-riot Hackney fashion hub

David Adjaye is designing an east London fashion outlet village under plans to revamp Hackney following the 2011 riots

The major Olympic Fringe development aims to create a new retail and tourism destination around an existing Burberry factory outlet shop.

Backed by Manhattan Loft Corporation, Hackney Council, Network Rail and the Mayor of London, the project seeks to build on the district’s growing popularity with fashion collectors to create an east London version of Carnaby Street.

Shop fronts, retail units and railway arches around Chatham Place – close to incidents of unprecedented disturbance during the summer 2011 riots – will be transformed into a new fashion hub based on the success of Bicester Village retail outlet in Oxfordshire.

Adjaye Associates’ design includes retail and commercial buildings and the redevelopment of a dozen railway arches on Chatham place.  East is working on the project’s public realm and Adams and Sutherland has been appointed to work up shop front proposals.

The Mayor of London has provided £2 million from City Hall’s £70 million post-riot regeneration fund towards the project and Network Rail has stumped up £3.3 million towards redeveloping railway arches along Morning Lane.

Plans have been submitted to local authority Hackney Council and the scheme has been presented to its design review panel.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Richard Timmins

    When will our policy maker learn and stop repeating mistakes of the past? The solution to solving inner city problems is not and never will be the construction of more retail complex's for rich tourists. How can it "gives local residents a sense of pride in their built environment" when they are likely to be the least wanted visitors compared to affluent foreign shoppers?

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