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AHMM redevelopment of 1960s Shoreditch office gets the go-ahead

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s plan to redevelop a 1960s office block in Shoreditch has won planning consent

Hackney Council has given the thumbs-up to plans to demolish Development House, an office building on Leonard Circus, and replace it with a new 10-storey building.

The scheme, which features a bottle-green glazed brick facade, will provide 7,917m² of office space with 199m² of retail at ground level. 

Previous proposals for a timber-framed new development on the site were drawn up in 2016 for The Ethical Property Company by Waugh Thistleton. But instead of going ahead with the concept, the company sold the building in 2016 ahead of its move to a new base in Cambridge Heath. 

A report considered by the council’s committee said there was no objection to the principle of demolition to make way for the new AHMM building, which officers said ‘captured the Shoreditch character’.

Hackney’s Design Review panel also approved of the designs’ ‘modern warehouse typology’ which they said referenced the area’s Victorian warehouse buildings.

One of the conditions of the planning approval is that a bronze sculpture currently attached to the southern side of the building is reprovided in the new scheme.

APPROVED: AHMM's proposals for Development House in Shoreditch

APPROVED: AHMM’s proposals for Development House in Shoreditch

APPROVED: AHMM’s proposals for Development House in Shoreditch

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