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Adjaye designing post-riot Hackney fashion hub


David Adjaye is designing an east London fashion outlet village under plans to revamp Hackney following the 2011 riots

The major Olympic Fringe development aims to create a new retail and tourism destination around an existing Burberry factory outlet shop.

Backed by Manhattan Loft Corporation, Hackney Council, Network Rail and the Mayor of London, the project seeks to build on the district’s growing popularity with fashion collectors to create an east London version of Carnaby Street.

Shop fronts, retail units and railway arches around Chatham Place – close to incidents of unprecedented disturbance during the summer 2011 riots – will be transformed into a new fashion hub based on the success of Bicester Village retail outlet in Oxfordshire.

Adjaye Associates’ design includes retail and commercial buildings and the redevelopment of a dozen railway arches on Chatham place.  East is working on the project’s public realm and Adams and Sutherland has been appointed to work up shop front proposals.

The Mayor of London has provided £2 million from City Hall’s £70 million post-riot regeneration fund towards the project and Network Rail has stumped up £3.3 million towards redeveloping railway arches along Morning Lane.

Plans have been submitted to local authority Hackney Council and the scheme has been presented to its design review panel.


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