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Revealed: Partington and Barber unveil reworked Shoreditch scheme

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Developer Londonewcastle has revealed its revised plans for its major redevelopment project in Shoreditch, east London, including a replacement for Amanda Levete’s ditched ‘twisting tower’

The controverisal 23-storey skyscraper scheme on the Huntingdon industrial estate was dropped last year (see below) in favour of a shorter, 14-storey, ‘warehouse style’ building by Robin Partington Architects (RPA).

Partington’s mainly-brick building for the sensitive site between AHMM’s Tea Building and artist Rachel Whiteread’s studio will house 78 flats - 29 less than the hugely contentious Amanda Levete scheme which was branded an ‘alien’ intrusion by objectors (Amanda Levete: ‘There’s a presumption against tall buildings in this city’).

Meanwhile the developer has also revealed all new images of a sister, affordable housing scheme on the nearby Fleet Street Hill by Peter Barber Architects.

The original application for the 34-home affordable housing project was withdrawn when Londonewcastle pulled the plug on the twisting tower scheme.

Speaking about the Partington proposals, Robert Soning the chief operating officer on Londonewcastle said: ‘We are confident that our new proposal for the scheme can counteract previous objections and provide a much needed boost to the local area.’

The reworked scheme went out to public consultation last week and a planning application is to be submitted later this year.

Previous story (AJ 15.02.2013)

Amanda Levete ousted from Shoreditch skyscraper scheme

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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  • J C Muirhead

    Much as Amanda Levete's proposal was over development, it at least had a bit of style. This is still too big but now also terribly boring with it. Very disappointing. this patch of town deserve more.

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