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DC CABE slams MAKE and AHMM’s Camden Market scheme

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MAKE and AHMM’s controversial Hawley Wharf scheme in Camden Town, London has come in for heavy criticism from DC CABE

Submitted for planning in October, the 1.8 ha scheme opposite the site of Terry Farrell’s TV-AM building features a canal-side market building with housing, commercial units and a new primary school.

A DC CABE report (see attached) said there was ‘fundamental concern about the detailed execution of the masterplan.’

The watchdog’s review panel said it was ‘not convinced by the architectural approach to the new market building’ and had concerns over the arrangement of residential accommodation within another building.

Explaining concern over the market building, the report said: ‘The proposed building lacks a clear rationale and we find the structure, architectural language and ramped circulation elements complex and contrived.’

However the report welcomed improvements to the canal side route between Kentish Town Road and Chalk Farm Road which it said would help ease overcrowding.

A spokesperson for the develop Stanley Sidings said: ‘We welcome the overall support of the development proposals and we will consider all the aspects of the responses we have received over the next few weeks.’

It’s understood the AHMM-designed residential component of the scheme is unlikely to be redesigned.

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