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Farrell's huge Bishopsgate scheme submitted for planning

Terry Farrell-masterplanned proposals to build 1,500 homes on east London’s former Bishopsgate goodsyard has been submitted for planning

The mixed-use proposals for the 4.2ha site, which straddles the Tower Hamlets and Hackney boundary and encompasses Shoreditch High Street Station, include a cluster of high-rise residential towers and an elevated park above the Grade-II listed Braithwaite Viaducts.

The long-awaited scheme has been drawn up with PLP Architecture, which has been responsible for the new homes, and FaulknerBrowns Architects - the design team working on the retail element.

Space Hub Design has the brief for the urban park and Chris Dyson Architects is responsible for the historic properties.

The Bishopsgate freight terminus was severely damaged by fire in the 1960s and the new plan proposes retaining some elements of the remaining structure including arches, the Grade II-listed Oriel and gates to Shoreditch High Street, and a row of weavers’ cottages near Bethnal Green Road.

Terry Farrell said the proposals demonstrated the way that former railway sites could play a major role in regenerating town centres.

‘The Goodsyard was once one of the key commercial drivers for an expanding and growing 19th Century London, which supplied the capital with essential foodstuffs and vital provisions to sustain its growth,’ he said.

‘The Goodsyard will again play its part in London’s growth and intensification through the regeneration of its redundant land and post-industrial structures, combined with new high-density living alongside the newly opened Shoreditch High Street Station.’

Developers Ballymore and Hammerson have submitted a hybrid planning application to both Tower Hamlets and Hackney, with detailed elements including four residential along with retail and the refurbishment of listed buildings.

Outline elements comprise 58,500m²of commercial space, three additional residential buildings, a new park and open space. 

Pre-application consultation events last month indicated that the developers would initially seek detailed approval for residential towers of 29 and 33 storeys in height above Shoreditch station, with retail space at ground-floor level.

Taller blocks of more than 40 storeys are envisaged for later phases.

Previous story (AJ 16.05.13)

PLP and FaulknerBrowns joins Bishopsgate team

Terry Farrell, PLP Architecture and FaulknerBrowns Architects have been selected to take on the long-awaited overhaul of the Bishopsgate Goods Yard, east London

Chosen by joint developers Hammerson and The Ballymore Group, the practices will deliver 2,000 new homes, shops and a new park on the plot around Shoreditch High Street Overground station, which has lain empty for more than 40 years.

The developers started working with Tower Hamlets and Hackney councils on developing interim planning guidance for the former railway yard in 2008, winning planning in early 2010.

Farrell, who drew up the guidance and proposed a high-level park similar to the famous New York High Line, will continue in a masterplanning role.

PLP, is to design the first stage of the housing, while FaulknerBrowns will oversee the 18,000m2 of retail space, which will ‘integrate’ with the Grade II-listed Braithwaite viaduct.

Pre-application consultation starts this month and a planning application is expected to be submitted at the end of 2013.

The team also includes Chris Dyson Architects, DP9, WSP, Gardiner & Theobald, Hoare Lea and Peter Stewart Consultancy.

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