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It’s official: Chipperfield and Karakusevic Carson bag Hackney skyscrapers job

David Chipperfield Architects and Karakusevic Carson Architects have been officially named the winners of Hackney Council’s Colville Estate design competition

The RIBA Gold Medal-winner, working with estate masterplanner Karakusevic Carson Architects, will design two landmark residential towers on the 5.2 hectare site.

The duo beat Schmidt Hammer Lassen, NL Architects with What Architecture, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with Haptic, Maccreanor Lavington with Sergison Bates, Feilden Clegg Bradley and Stephen Marshall Architects to win the high-profile job.

Overlooking Shoreditch park and De Beauvoir Town, the 14 and 20 storey towers will include 192 luxury flats alongside office space and underground parking.

Karakusevic Carson’s masterplan for the east London council estate’s regeneration replaces 400 homes with 935 new residential units.

The competition-winning towers, comprising the masterplan’s third phase, will fund 486 homes for social rent and shared ownership elsewhere on the estate.

Karakusevic Carson won planning permission last year for a 209-home second phase. Hawkins\Brown has also landed the go-ahead for its regeneration of the estate’s Bridge House and Marian Court.

Designs for the luxury towers will be developed up to RIBA Stage D+ ahead of the land being sold to a private developer.

A spokesperson for the winning practices said: ‘Our proposal aims to respond to a challenging site and minimise the impact on the neighbouring buildings of the wider masterplan.’

They added: ‘The design competition, reviewed by a design panel, Design for London and local residents, was a great way to test ideas for the site and ensuring that design was a critical part of the evaluation process.’

A planning application is expected later this year.

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