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Boris gives go-ahead for Fletcher Priest’s Hackney estate revamp

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved Fletcher Priest’s 3,000-home masterplan for the Woodberry Down estate in Hackney

The seven-phase scheme, which was granted planning by the London Borough of Hackney back in February, has finally been given Boris’ approval.

The approval gives the go-ahead for the demolition of the 1940’s estate’s remaining blocks, which will be replaced by 3,242 new homes – designed by Fletcher Priest and Rolfe Judd Architects - and more than 10,900m2 of mixed-use space.

Fletcher Priest’s masterplan also includes three new public parks, a community centre, a library, an academy school, a new children’s centre and both retail and commercial space.

Berkeley Homes began work on the estate’s regeneration back in 2005 and has already completed more than 860 new homes at the development – designed by Wilkinson Eyre and Rolfe Judd Architects.

In total the masterplan, which will take 20 years to complete, includes 4,284 homes, of which 2,214 will be affordable.

Stewart Murray, assistant director of planning at the Mayor of London’s Office said: ‘This is one of the biggest estate renewal schemes in the capital and will provide a boost to Hackney by delivering much needed new homes and infrastructure.’

Project data

Location Hackney, London
Type of project estate regeneration  
Client Berkeley Homes, Genesis, London Borough of Hackney, and Woodberry Down Community Organisation
Masterplanner Fletcher Priest Architect 
Architect Fletcher Priest Architects (Block F), Rolfe Judd Architects (Blocks B and D)   
Landscape architect Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultant Rolfe Judd Planning
Environmental impact assessment URS
Community engagement George Cochrane Associates
Access consultant Access=Design
Completion date 2031
Masterplan area 340,000m²

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Fletcher Priest lands planning for 4,000 homes in Hackney

[First look + plans + project data] Fletcher Priest has bagged planning permission for a 34 hectare residential masterplan in Hackney, north east London

The 20-year project for Berkeley Homes, the London Borough of Hackney and Genesis replaces the neglected Woodberry Down housing estate with 3,912 new mixed-tenure homes.

The London-based AJ100 practice’s masterplan – next door to the Stoke Newington reservoirs and historic New River – also includes a new public square and new public parks and open spaces.

The planning approval included detailed designs for the project’s next phase designed by Fletcher Priest and Rolfe Judd. An earlier phase by Rolfe Judd and Wilkinson Eyre has already completed.

Fletcher Priest partner Jonathan Kendall said: ‘It was important that our new masterplan recognised the original ambitions for Woodberry. It has been a great privilege to create the designs that will make Woodberry Down an exemplary London residential district fit for the 21st century.’

Berkeley Homes North East London managing director Piers Clanford added: ‘The whole team has worked tirelessly to produce a masterplan to be proud of, including Fletcher Priest (masterplan and detail) and Rolfe Judd (planning consultant and detail). The improvements to the previous masterplan include an increase of over 30 per cent in public open space, more homes of all tenures and better urban design, all of which has been arrived at through partnership working.’

Fletcher Priest's 34 hectare Woodberry Down masterplan in Hackney, north east London

Fletcher Priest’s 34 hectare Woodberry Down masterplan in Hackney, north east London

Project data

Client team (Partnership Board):
Berkeley Homes
London Borough of Hackney
Woodberry Down Community Organisation

Masterplan Team
Berkeley Homes
Masterplanners: Fletcher Priest Architects
Landscape architects: Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultants: Rolfe Judd Planning
Environmental Impact Assessment: URS 
Transport: WSP
Community engagement: George Cochrane Associates
Heritage and Townscape: Peter Stewart Consultancy
Access: Access=Design
Energy: Richard Hodkinson Consultancy
Socio-economics:  Quod
Sunlight and daylight: Anstey Horne
Retail: CBRE
Wind: RWDI


Phase 2 design team
Architect (Block F): 
Fletcher Priest Architects
Architect (Blocks B and D):  Rolfe Judd Architects
Landscape Architects:  Townshend Landscape Architects







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