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Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will bags planning for East End tower

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Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will has won planning for a 40-storey mixed-use skyscraper scheme in east London

Backed by Plough Yard Developments, the multi-million pound Stage project will house 385 residential units, two office buildings and 3,600m² of retail space. Around half of the site will be public realm.

The transformation of the disused site in Hackney includes a scheduled ancient monument at its heart - London’s second oldest Shakespearean playhouse, the 16th Century Curtain Theatre.

The theatre, where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed, was discovered during archaeological investigations in 2011 and will be excavated, preserved and exhibited in a 1,200m² facility which will include a 164-seat indoor auditorium.

John Drew, architect and principal of Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will (formerly Pringle Brandon Drew), said: ‘It is a privilege to be preserving such an archaeological discovery for generations to come. The scheme’s design as well as its name befits the hidden gem currently 3m underground and ensures that the Curtain Theatre takes centre stage when this disused site in Shoreditch is regenerated. 

‘We’ll be working very closely with the Museum of London Archaeology and English Heritage throughout the scheme’s development to safeguard this amazing find and create an outstanding, internationally significant cultural and educational attraction.’ 

The site is bounded by Curtain Road, Hewett Street, Plough Yard and Hearn Street and is currently a lifeless zone between the thriving areas of Shoreditch and the City. 


Project data:

Developer: Plough Yard Developments
Development advisor: Allsop LLP
Planning advisor: Montagu Evans
Architect: Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will
Landscape architects: Townshend Landscape Architects
M&E engineer and sustainability advisor: Caterday
Structural engineer: Buro Happold
Cost consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Transport consultant: Stilwell Partnership
Archaeology consultant: MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

Previous story (AJ 11.06.2012)

Pringle Brandon Drew reveals Shoreditch tower scheme

[First look] Pringle Brandon Drew has unveiled proposals for a 39-storey mixed-use skyscraper in Shoreditch, east London

The 0.8 hectare development will house 400 residential units, two office buildings and 3,600m² of retail. Around half of the site will be public realm.

The remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre were unearthed on the plot during archaeological investigations. The ruins will be kept on site in an enclosure featuring an exhibition on Elizabethan theatre.

Parts of a nineteenth century brick railway viaduct will also be incorporated into the scheme, featuring shops and cafes within the arches.

The overall scheme is designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and the residential units are aiming for Code Level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Pringle Brandon Drew is shortly expected to be renamed Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will. Both Pringle Brandon and offshoot Pringle Brandon Drew announced | plans | to | merge with US company Perkins+Will earlier this month.

Pringle Brandon Drew managing partner John Drew said: ‘Our proposals open up the site, attracting more people into the area from surrounding streets and creating solid links between Shoreditch and Hoxton, Spitalfields and the City.

‘Having uncovered an internationally important archaeological discovery, we have the unique opportunity to create a centrepiece which is accessible to the public and provides facilities to showcase The Curtain Theatre’s cultural importance.  We will be working closely with the Museum of London Archaeology and English Heritage throughout the process to safeguard this amazing find.’

A planning application is expected to be submitted to local authority Hackney Council in the summer.

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