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AHMM's Shoreditch Estate scheme goes in for planning

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A team led by AHMM has submitted proposals to revamp and extend a cluster of buildings in London’s booming Shoreditch area

Designed with Duggan Morris, DSDHA and Stanton Williams, the scheme includes a mix of refurbishment, extension and redevelopment of existing commercial structures north of Spitalfields Market.

The 32,550m2 project for developer British Land will create office space, 13 shops and 40 apartments as well as around 1,400m2 of new public space, including a new pedestrian route running from Commercial Street to Shoreditch High Street.

British Land’s head of development Nigel Webb said AHMM’s proposals - named Blossom Street - had been inspired by nearby Georgian houses that are part of the Elder Street Conservation Area.

‘This is a heritage-led scheme in a conservation area, which will not only integrate with and enhance its surroundings, but provide a bridge between the City of London and Shoreditch,’ he said.

‘We have developed these plans following extensive constructive engagement with London Borough of Tower Hamlets, English Heritage, CABE and the local Conservation and Design Advisory Panel.’

British Land plans to market the new office space at the technology, media and telecommunications sector.

AHMM, Duggan Morris and DSDHA collectively developed plans for the collection of buildings fronting onto Shoreditch High Street, bounded by Blossom Street, Folgate Street and Fleur de Lis Passage.

Stanton Williams led the design of proposals for the conversion and refurbishment of a warehouse in Elder Street.

The Shoreditch Estate (AHMM with British Land)

Source: Allsop property consultancy

The Shoreditch Estate (AHMM with British Land)

Previous story (AJ 08.08.13)

AHMM seizes Shoreditch Estate role in latest London calling

British Land has appointed AHMM to work on a 30,000m² office and housing redevelopment at the heart of London’s telecoms, media and technology (TMT) hub

The prized job in Shoreditch follows a clutch of prestigious contracts the company has won in the capital in recent recently, including the new Google headquarters at King’s Cross, the former Guardian HQ in Farringdon and the overhaul of BBC Television Centre.

The estate comprises three sites covering two acres fronting onto Shoreditch High Street and Norton Folgate immediately to the north of Spitalfields and the core City of London market.

It is understood the plots have potential for around 30,000m² office, retail and residential accommodation in a mix of new, retained and refurbished buildings.

British Land, which won a developer-led auction to land the estate in May, will develop the scheme to appeal to established TMT occupiers seeking ‘highly specified, character offices’. The project is close to the new Liverpool Street Crossrail station which is set to open in 2018.

The developer appointed burgeoning practice AHMM, which now boasts a 250-strong workforce, to bring a ‘sensitive and collaborative approach’ to the development, which lies at the heart of the Elder Street Conservation Area.

British Land has now entered into an option agreement with The City of London Corporation and will finalise a development agreement subject to securing revised planning consent on the sites. Following practical completion British Land will acquire a long leasehold interest in the sites.

In addition to recent wins on the Google HQ, Guardian buildings and BBC Television Centre AHMM gained approval in February for its Willesden Green Cultural Centre redevelopment in Brent, north London. The scheme will replace the existing 1980s library with a ‘community landmark’ and incldues around 90 flats.

In June the AJ100 Practice of the Year was appointed to develop a 20 hectare ‘innovation quarter’ in London’s Royal Docks designed in conjunction with Arup, and in May won planning for its proposed overhaul of the Tower Bridge Business Complex in Bermondsey. Originally a biscuit factory, the complex will be transformed into 800 new homes along with more than 7,000m2 of new commercial space.

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