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pH+ polishes off Grand Union Canal scheme

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Growing London-based practice pH+ has completed this £7 million housing and office block in Orsman Road, Hackney

The 3,330m², 40-flat scheme has a ‘green’ gabion mesh wall overlooking the Grand Union Canal and bird, insect, water vole and bat nest boxes.

The development in east London for client City and Suburban Homes was first submitted for planning in 2007 but was not approved until early 2009 following a public inquiry.

Work started on site in November 2011.

Completed Orsman Road scheme in Hackney by pH+ (July 2013)

Source: Tim Soar

Completed Orsman Road scheme in Hackney by pH+ (July 2013)

Project data

Architects: pH+
Location: Orsman Road, Hackney, London
Type Of Project: New build, mixed-use development
Structural Engineers: Mason Navarro Pledge
Project Architect: Leigh Gilshenan
Design Team: Andy Puncher, Drew Hamilton, Annie Pace, Melanie Williams, Tessa Baird, David Barnard
Client: City and Suburban Homes
Funding: Private
Tender date: January 2011
Start on site date: November 2011
Contract duration: 55 weeks
Gross internal floor area: Total GIA = 3,330m² consisting of 2,745m² residential (40 flats) and 585m² of office space.
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Standard Building Contract 2011, without Quantities
Total cost: £7,000,000
M&E consultant: Maleon
Quantity surveyor: Stockdale
Planning Consultant: CMA Planning
Planning supervisor: Peligro Risk Management
Lighting consultant: n/a
Main contractor: Ellmer Construction

Previous story (AJ 07.03.2009)

pH+ lands Grand Union Canal scheme

Up-and-coming practice pH+ has finally won permission for this mixed-use 40-flat scheme on a derelict industrial site next to the Grand Union Canal in Hackney, East London

The £6.5 million development in Orsman Road was approved following a public inquiry and features gabion walls, soils pads, climbing plants and a Cor-ten steel ‘carapace’.

Practice founder Andy Puncher said the scheme, which was submitted for planning in late 2007 and also houses commercial space, draws from the ‘post-industrial materials of the site’.

Describing the ‘green’ canal-side facade, he said: ‘The built character of the site is one of dereliction and decay, unresponsive to sporadic human occupation. The dilapidation of the buildings has, however, given opportunity to other inhabitants: the cracks, holes and roughness of ageing industrial materials provides a foothold to the plants and animals struggling to keep their place in the impermeable urban landscape.

‘Gabion walls will simultaneously offer the porosity required to allow nature to inhabit the scheme… and further integrate the scheme contextually and environmentally with its surroundings.’

The project is backed by developer City and Suburban Homes.

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