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Double victory: latest Hackney council housing winner named

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Mikhail Riches Architects has won competitions to build homes on two plots in east London as part of Hackney Council’s ambitious social housing drive 

The two residential schemes, both in Hoxton, are the latest in a series of innovative projects generated by the council’s Housing Supply Programme, which aims to build more than 400 homes on 11 infill sites. Seventy per cent of the new homes will be offered for social rent and shared ownership.

The first development features three new six-storey blocks replacing a number of garages in Buckland Street. In January, Henley Halebrown won planning for a new primary school and an 11-storey block of flats in nearby Buckland Court. 

The second scheme, in Wimborne Street, is an eight-storey block replacing eight garages and a car park. 

David Mikhail, director of Mikhail Riches Architects said: ‘Both schemes add housing on council-owned land within an existing estate and will benefit from the existing community and local amenities, such as Shoreditch Park.

‘The next step for these projects is to take our proposed designs to local residents and work with them to ensure the new homes become a valued and welcome addition to the community.’

Plans for both schemes are expected to be submitted towards the end of this year. 

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Source: Mikhail Riches Architects

Buckland Street housing by Mikhail Riches Architects

Mikhail Riches Architects is the fifth practice to win a scheme for Hackney’s Housing Supply Programme.

Last week Hackney Council revealed that Lynch Architects had won a competition to design a 60-home scheme for the programme in Hoxton, east London.

In February, Hackney-based Al-Jawad Pike, a practice run by two former David Chipperfield architects, was appointed to design 10 new homes replacing disused garages in Mandeville Street, Clapton.

Also in February, Housing Design Awards champion Ash Sakula won a Hackney Council competition to design 17 homes for the programme on a site containing a disused incinerator. 

In November, Surman Weston won the programme’s first commission, landing a project to design 16 micro-flats, reconfiguring existing spaces inside Gooch House, an ageing tower block.

Project data

Location Hoxton, London
Type of project Residential
Client London Borough of Hackney
Architect Mikhail Riches Architects
Landscape BBUK Landscape Architects

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