Cabe has welcomed a significantly reworked proposal for the contentious Hawley Wharf site in Camden
AHMM’s recently revealed mixed-use scheme for the north London plot in Camden features a canal-side market building with housing, a cinema, market space and a new primary school.
A previous scheme for the site designed by AHMM and MAKE had been slammed by Cabe for ‘lacking a clear rationale’, and was refused planning permission in May.
The designs have been amended to increase the size of public space across the site, reduce the massing and height of some of the buildings, and address the facades along the canal frontage.
Cabe heralded the revision as ‘a marked improvement on the previous scheme’.
The design watchdog’s review panel said it was ‘pleased to see that a good balance has been struck between embracing the activity of the existing market and respecting the quieter adjacent residential neighbourhoods.’
Commending the market design, Cabe said: ‘The flexibility of the market building will help contribute to its long term success. We are encouraged that the market retail units will be predominantly ‘raw’ and open, rather than being given a high specification fit-out that would require significant levels of lighting and mechanical ventilation and would be at odds with the informal character of this part of Camden Town.’
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