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Mixed-use project, Upper Clapton Road, London by Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects


[FIRST LOOK] Stephen Davy Peter Smith’s has revealed the first images of this part-new build, part-conversion of an industrial building at Upper Clapton Road, Hackney

The project, which has been recently submitted for planning, features 92 residential units, a 190m² community centre, 325m² of retail space and 1,500m² of commercial re-provision.

The site is currently in commercial use and an existing, unlisted tram depot building will be retained as part of the development.

Materials which will be used include CorTen balustrades, timber balcony balustrades, new glazing at ground floor to the tram shed, grey and black bricks to new buildings and grey powder-coated steel panels.

Sustainable features include green and brown roofs, a biomass boiler and communal heating.

The scheme has a density of 624 habitable rooms per hectare.

The tenure is split 50 per cent affordable, 50 per cent private, and comprises 30 one-bedroom, 35 two-bedroom, nine three-bedroom and 18 four-bedroom apartments.


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Readers' comments (3)

  • The skill of working with heritage buildings is to achieve a unity between new build and historic core. There should be no conflict between the two.In this case there is a failure to achieve an interrelationship between the modern apartment block on the left and the refurbished nineteenth-century tram depot building on the right. The new build lacks the necessary imagination and character to stand comparison with the heritage element.

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  • The key criterion for any conversion of an historic building is whether it is respectful of the historic nature and character of the building to be converted. In this case, the answer would appear to be no.

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  • The proposed development does not have the necessary distinctiveness and sense of place to mark it out from the vast majority of new build in London.

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