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Douglas and King’s Shoreditch Island scheme approved

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Douglas and King Architects has won consent for a major redevelopment in east London

The locally based practice’s plans for the Shoreditch Island site were approved by Hackney Council’s planning sub-committee on Wednesday night (4 July).

The scheme will see the six-storey 1970s Titchfield House in Tabernacle Street and the 10-storey Picture House demolished and rebuilt. There will also be extension and renovation of existing townhouses on Great Eastern Street.

Overall the scheme will create 1,546m2 of retail space and 7,242m2 of office space as well as nine homes.

The practice said the site marked the entrance to Shoreditch and had been neglected.

‘The goals of the masterplan are to enhance the historic fabric of Shoreditch, to express through architecture and conservation the area’s rich history, to mirror the multiplicity of its inhabitants and to protect this triangle from the commercial hub that is centred round the Old Street roundabout,’ the practice said.

‘The architectural language draws on the industrial heritage of Shoreditch, while also representing the modern culture of the area as a vibrant, creative and fringe area.’

Recommending approval of the application, the planning report to councillors said the design was of ‘high standard’.

It added: ‘The development delivers a wide range of planning benefits through the delivery of a substantial redevelopment of a brownfield site, providing high-quality employment floorspace, and supported by complementary uses in an area designated to do so by policy.’

Construction is expected to start on site in 2021. 

Site 2

Site 2

Source: Douglas and King Architects


Project data 

Location Shoreditch Island site (bordering Great Eastern Street, Singer Street and Tabernacle Street)
Type of project Office, mixed-use
Architect Douglas and King Architects
Landscape architect Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects
Planning consultant Strutt & Parker
Structural engineer Conisbee
Environmental Consultant Flatt
Agent Sterling Ackroyd
Start on site date Anticipated 2021
Gross internal floor area 9,000m²


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Readers' comments (1)

  • Very difficult to tell what's what - with no site plan as proposed, no 'before' images for comparison, and inadequate captions.
    Presumably the tall block helps fund the retention of some of the existing buildings, but what's that in #5/7?

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