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Hadid Hoxton scheme may win race

A small scheme in east London is again looking like the frontrunner in the race to become Zaha Hadid's first built project in the UK.

The mixed-use project in Hoxton Square for American art dealer Kenny Schachter is about to be resubmitted, with Hackney planners giving the development a narrow lead over Hadid's other high-profile British schemes.

Back in July, the 900m 2development seemed to have hit the buffers after a wrangle with the council over 'land-use issues'. ( First-ever London Zaha scheme hits the buffers)

But now, the project, which will house a ground-floor gallery, offices and residential units, could well be finished before the Iraqi-born architect's Museum of Transport in Glasgow and the £2.25 million Architecture Foundation (AF) headquarters building in Southwark.

The AF project in particular appears to be moving along very slowly, with planners yet to see a formal planning application.

Hadid's Hoxton Square scheme, which lies in the heart of a conservation area, will replace an existing 'poor-quality' 1980s building on the eastern side of the plaza and will feature a steel and glass façade.

by Richard Waite

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