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East scoops latest Hackney housing contest

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East has won Hackney Council’s competition for two residential infills on the Frampton Park estate in north London

The practice – working in partnership with Dutch firm Hans van der Heijden Architect – was chosen ahead of a shortlist which featured RCKa and others for the prestigious commission.

The project is part of the local authority’s high-profile Housing Supply Programme, which aims to deliver 400 new council homes on infill sites such as garages, car parks and depots across the borough.

Commenting on the appointment, East director Judith Lösing said: ‘In our competition design we wanted to offer a building that positively responds to the ambiguity of the estate in terms of fronts and backs, and public and communal areas.

‘We are proposing an open, perforated block with four faces addressing all surrounds. The new building meets directly with the blank end of an existing residential slab building, matching its width and height, and extends it to form a single larger block and courtyard made with new and existing buildings.’

She continued: ‘At its centre of the new building sits an intimate oval courtyard which gives access to all new homes. This creates a sequence of open, but sheltered communal spaces for the new residents and enables all flats to be double or triple-aspect.

‘We designed the homes so that every room is a good room for living, offering a flexibility of use. The communal balcony, a generous hall, a “good” room and a private balcony are arranged as an enfilade to create homes that can be open or private as required in different situations, and allows for adaptations in the future.’

Hackney mayor Philip Glanville said: ‘With 13,000 households on our housing waiting list and 3,000 families in the borough living in hostels and other temporary accommodation, I’m delighted that we’re bringing forward more sites on land that we already own to build genuinely affordable council homes.

‘Being based right here in Hackney, East has an in-depth knowledge of the local area and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with them and with local residents to develop these initial proposals into high-quality designs that will make a real difference to the Frampton Park estate.’

Frampton Park, off Well Street in Victoria Ward in the south-east of Hackney, was constructed in the 1950s on a large site devastated by wartime bombing. Matthew Lloyd Architects completed a £12 million residential block within the estate, featuring 47 apartments and a church, two years ago.

The competition was first announced in August last year and was divided into two lots covering both the De Beauvoir and Frampton Park estates in north London. A winner of the De Beauvoir estate lot has yet to be announced and is expected soon.

The Frampton Park lot was worth £450,000 in fees and covered the design of new homes on two sites. The first is the surface level Woolridge Way Garages and void spaces beneath neighbouring Tradescant House; the second is the Frampton Park Community Hall.

The winning scheme will create around 50 units on the site of Frampton Park Community Hall and 15 new homes on plots around Tradescant House.

The De Beauvoir lot was worth £890,000 and involved the creation of dwellings on four separate sites including a contractor’s depot, a former garages building converted into a workshop, land temporarily being used by Hackney New School, and a canal-side garage block currently used for storage.

Both projects will transform a range of underused spaces, including storage areas, garages and vacant plots, into new social housing. The appointed teams will complete options appraisals for their respective sites, develop full planning applications, complete detailed drawings and help select the contractors. 

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