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Ash Sakula bags Hackney housing job

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Last year’s Housing Design Awards champion Ash Sakula has won a competition with Hackney Council to design 17 homes on an infill site in east London

Replacing a disused incinerator, the scheme in Pedro Street, Clapton, includes six homes for social rent, six for shared ownership and five for private sale.

The plans are part of Hackney Council’s Housing Supply Programme, which will build more than 400 homes, 70 per cent of which will be for social rent and shared ownership, on 11 infill sites.

In November Surman Weston won the first contest in this innovative housing programme, after landing the project to design 16 micro-flats, reconfiguring existing spaces inside Gooch House, an ageing tower block.

Matthew Rust, architectural assistant at Ash Sakula, said: ‘Our ambition is to create a high-quality and robust response which enjoys its ordinary “London-ness”, with details and materials that help connect it with its surroundings.

‘The Pedro Street site is a key corner site within the Clapton Park Estate, with an important relationship with Gilpin Square. The public realm of our proposal reinforces the creation of a lively, authentic London street corner while also grasping the opportunity to create a better relationship with the existing communal garden to the rear.’

Plans are expected to be submitted in May. If approved, the scheme is due to start on site in March 2018, with a completion date estimated for the end of 2019. 

Last year, Ash Sakula won the top prize at the Housing Design Awards for its Igloo and Carillion-backed Malings scheme – a new build providing 76 residential units – in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Project data

Client Hackney Borough Council
Architect Ash Sakula
Landscape architect Ash Sakula
Consultation Ash Sakula
Planning consultant CMA Planning
Structural engineer Civic Engineers
M&E consultant Couch Perry Wilkes
Employer’s agent Potter Raper
Start on site March 2018
Completion Estimated end of 2019

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Source: Ash Sakula



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