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DLA wins planning for Hackney housing

DLA Architecture has scooped planning approval for 58 homes next to St John at Hackney church in east London

Clerkenwell-based DLA Architecture has designed the £12.5 million scheme for developers Thornsett, the London Diocese and the local parish.

Planned for a site between the Grade II* listed St John of Hackney church and the Grade I listed Augustine Tower the housing will be divided into three blocks, each three stories high.


Along with the 58 homes, including church worker housing and social affordable houses, the development contains a community space, renewed scout facilities, a nursery, a publicly accessible square and a new pedestrian link designed to ‘help integrate the church into the town centre’.

The development, which is scheduled to start on site later this year, will help fund the repair and heritage led upgrade of St John at Hackney church. 

The architect’s view

‘The scheme is divided into three blocks of three stories each, formed and massed to respond to the context of the listed church, creating an integrated perimeter scheme across the site. The buildings are designed to provide a high quality contextual backdrop to the listed buildings, whilst remaining subservient to them.


‘The elevations are designed using a hierarchy of architectural elements, which takes reference from the primary and secondary elements of the original church design by James Spiller. Brick tone draws inspiration from the darkened bricks of nearby Georgian terraces, and is complimented by a contemporary textured bronze, which incorporates the Maltese Cross, emblem of St John, sometimes in fragments.’



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  • Interested to see this, and to see that some money from the development will go to restoration of the church where I was christened nearly eighty years ago!

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