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Mikhail Riches wins approval for Hackney homes on warehouse site

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Mikhail Riches has won planning approval to replace two warehouses in Hackney Wick, east London, with 39 new homes

The proposals for the plot in Berkshire Road also include 2,021m² of commercial space, which will be built in two phases, and a new street.

Each home will have a private terrace or balcony, and there will be a communal garden on the roof. 

Mikhail Riches director David Mikhail said: ’We’ve worked really hard to develop a design that will provide great spaces to live and work in, and be a good neighbour to the existing community.

’While the building proudly reinforces the line of the new street we have created to the south, the north elevation faces on to back gardens and in response it steps down from its full height as a series of terraces.’

The site is at the northern border of the Hackney Wick Central masterplan, drawn up by Karakusevic Carson Architects in partnership with Witherford Watson Mann, featuring 1,500 new homes, 75,000m² of arts and business space. 

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Mikhail riches berkshire road 006

Source: Mikhail Riches

57 Berkshire Road by Mikhail Riches

Architect’s view

The development of 57 Berkshire Road will replace two buildings - a smaller warehouse and office building and a larger warehouse that provides 1,453m² of light industrial space. The demolition of the sheds will reveal the brick facades of 19th-century warehouse buildings to the south of the site, which include the Grade II-listed Central Books Depository.

We have made the most of this opportunity to celebrate the character and heritage of Hackney Wick by creating a new 10 metre-wide public street to the south of the 57 Berkshire Road building. The character of this new street, which will become the main route east-west through the site once the adjoining Atlas Wharf is brought forward for development, will be defined by the commercial and residential entrances facing the newly revealed historic plastics factory.

Additional commercial space in single-storey pavilion buildings will be partially accessible through a yard to the rear of the site, bringing the overall commercial space offered by the development to 2021m² .

The new building’s red brick façade has been developed in response to the character of the wider Conservation Area, referencing the mix of architectural styles and often innovative building types.

The elevations read as a progression from a monolithic base to a lightweight and elegant top. The lower three floors will use a stretcher brick bond above a robust concrete colonnade that refers to the exposed concrete frames of the 20th Century factories and warehouses of the area, creating generous windows for the commercial units fronting the street.

A sense of delicacy and lightness to the upper two storeys has been created through the use of a herringbone brick bond set in bronze coloured aluminium frames that reference the slim cast-iron and timber industrial buildings of the area.

To reinforce the Berkshire Road street edge in accordance with the masterplan, the building has been topped at its eastern edge by a ‘crown’ of bronze coloured expanded aluminium mesh, which will enclose a communal roof terrace and play space. The bronze tone has been continued on the balconies, security shutters and entrance doors of the lower storeys.

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Mikhail riches berkshire road 004

Source: Mikhail Riches

57 Berkshire Road by Mikhail Riches

Project data 

Location Hackney Wick, London, UK
Type of project Residential & Commercial
Client Coldpark Ltd
Architect Mikhail Riches
Planning consultant CMA Planning
Structural engineer Momentum
M&E, Fire Strategy, Building Control and Sustainability MLM
Air Quality, Noise Impact, Ground Conditions & Transport Peter Brett Associates
Rights of Light consultant Waldrums
Ecology consultant D F Clark
Heritage consultant RPS CgMs
Quantity surveyor Appleyard & Trew
Landscape Architect Spacehub
Community Engagement Lexington Communications

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Mikhail riches berkshire road 007

Source: Mikhail Riches

57 Berkshire Road by Mikhail Riches

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