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AECOM reveals Hackney masterplan

Architecture and engineering giant AECOM has revealed its 15-year masterplan to transform Hackney Wick in east London

The proposals for the area, which sits alongside the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park, aim to develop Hackney Wick and retain its ‘unique character and architecture.’

Following a public consultation, the masterplan included major improvements to Hackney Wick London Overground station.

The plan also sets out proposals for a ‘hub’ around the station, which could include new restaurants, cafés and shops.

Infrastructure could also be improved with the construction of two bridges that link directly to the Olympic Park, and better walking and cycling paths.

The plan pays attention to the existing historic buildings and remaining industrial features, and AECOM stressed in the document that future development of the area would take that into account and compliment the unique character.

Hackney Council will use the document to guide the assessment of planning applications.

Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: ‘The Olympic and Paralympic Park divides Hackney Wick, this masterplan describes the local community’s aspirations for the half of the neighbourhood that sits alongside the Park.

‘Hackney Wick has a unique character which is captured in this plan and it will ensure that as investment flows into the neighbourhood the development that follows recognises and enhances that character.

‘It will also play a vital role in shaping and connecting a new neighbourhood for the Wick that will come forward in the years ahead within the Olympic and Paralympic Park itself.’

Hackney Council, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, and Design for London all had an input in the proposals.

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