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Work finally starts on FCBS' Mildmay scheme in Shoreditch

Construction has started on Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) long-running £26m social housing-led Mildmay Regeneration Project in Shoreditch, east London

The news comes as the practice posted solid trading figures, showing an increase in turnover from £7.7 million to £8.6 million and a rise in profits from £380,000 to £417,000 for the year ending 31 March 2011.

Designed with Matthew Lloyd Architects and East, the Mildmay scheme for the Genesis Housing Group was drawn up following the unexpected rejection of a previous £53 million project by Tower Hamlets Borough Council back in 2006 (AJ 01.12.06).

As well as 139 flats, the redesigned, lower-rise development features a new Church for Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church, a specialist healthcare and rehabilitation facility and an office block shop on Hackney Road.

The project, which is backed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will see all the buildings currently on the site demolished except for the Grade II-listed TAB community centre.

Jackie Jacob, HCA London Director said: ‘The partners have worked hard to ensure this scheme integrates with the surrounding area and will benefit the existing community.’

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FCBS wins Shoreditch approval at second attempt

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won planning for this mixed-used social housing-led scheme in Shoreditch, east London

The latest project for the Genesis Housing Group was drawn up following the unexpected rejection of potentially ground-breaking £53 million plans - the so-called Mildmay Urban Village (see picture bottom) - by Tower Hamlets Borough Council back in 2006 (AJ 01.12.06).

The new scheme combines private and social homes, a church, commercial space and a hospital on a site close to the Shoreditch Triangle on land off Hackney Road.

FCBS has worked with Matthew Lloyd Architects and East on the masterplan and detailed design of the development which is anchored around the listed Tab Centre community building.

According to the practice, the project features seven blocks ‘which are sculpted to respond to surrounding buildings, streets and open spaces’ and boast ‘dramatic raking forms’.

Each of the buildings is clad in a different brick type and colour.

FCBS managing partner Julian Gitsham said: ‘We really are delighted that the commitment of the design, client and stakeholder team has been rewarded by the recent permission. The scheme will create a new piece of city with a unique character in London, benefitting all members of the Shoreditch community.’

FCBS' original skyscraper-led Milldmay Urban Village scheme - refused in December 2006

FCBS’ original skyscraper-led Milldmay Urban Village scheme - refused in December 2006

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