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Amanda Levete ousted from Shoreditch skyscraper scheme

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Robin Partington Architects’ 14-storey ‘warehouse style’ building mooted to replace controversial twisting tower fraught with planning problems

Robin Partington Architects has replaced Stirling Prize-winner Amanda Levete on a high-profile skyscraper scheme in east London.

The former Foster + Partners and Hamiltons star has been parachuted in to work on the Huntingdon industrial estate project in Shoreditch one year after Levete’s controversial 23-storey tower (pictured above) was abandoned.

It is understood Partington has drawn up a shorter ‘warehouse style’ brick alternative for the sensitive site between AHMM’s Tea Building and artist Rachel Whiteread’s studio.

Thought to be 14-storeys in height, the residential-led scheme for developer Londonewcastle will include retail and gallery spaces at ground floor.

A planning application for the development, alongside an affordable housing scheme by Peter Barber Architects on nearby Fleet Street Hill, is expected to be submitted early next year.

Levete’s 107-apartment twisting tower was pulled from planning last November after being branded an ‘alien’ intrusion on the post-industrial district’s landscape. Barber’s plans were withdrawn at the same time.

Robert Soning of Londonewcastle claimed the new project resolved the ‘objections and issues’ of the previous proposal.

Describing the development as a ‘warehouse style’ building with a ‘lot more use of blocks’, he said the scheme was ‘very different in terms of materials, look and feel, and space’.

Partington won the job following a bulk and massing exercise which, Soning said, ‘Slowly grew into something we all felt was really exciting.’


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