PLP Architecture is no longer involved in the controversial £900 million Bishopsgate Goodsyard development in east London, and its two towers scrapped, as part of a radical redesign
Developers Hammerson and Ballymore are set to unveil new proposals for the 4.2ha City fringe site, including a dramatic reduction in its 38 and 48 storey residential high-rise blocks. FaulknerBrowns is now leading the masterplan.
The drop in height is expected to be welcomed by campaigners, who fought tooth and nail against the scale of the proposals and the low levels of affordable housing.
PLP is understood to have left the project two years ago. BuckleyGrayYeoman has been retained on the commercial buildings with Chris Dyson Architects, Spacehub and Studio Weave also continuing to work on the project.
The number of homes across the scheme has also been significantly reduced, from around 1,300 to around 350 homes according to those present at recent consultation groups.
The developer has been engaging with groups including civic group the Hackney Society on early proposals ahead of a public consultation in September.
It then hopes to submit amendments to the Greater London Authority (GLA) by the end of the year.
The contentious cross-boundary application, originally submitted to both Tower Hamlets and Hackney councils, has been under the control of the GLA since 2015, when then-mayor Boris Johnson called it in for his own determination.
But Johnson left City Hall before taking a decision on the scheme. A redesign was later announced after a final decision was indefinitely postponed ‘to address the concerns’ raised by Greater London Authority planning officers.
FaulknerBrowns partner Paul Rigby said: ‘We are extremely pleased to be working with Hammerson, Ballymore and the teams at the GLA to explore a number of exciting options for the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site.
‘Through our creative collaboration with BuckleyGrayYeoman, Chris Dyson and Spacehub we look forward to delivering a destination of great value to Shoreditch and the surrounding areas.’