Hawkins\Brown and emerging breakaway practice [Y/N] Studio have won approval for an overhaul of affordable workspace in Dalston’s Gillett Square
The joint project between the firms will extend and refurbish Hackney Co-operative Developments’ (HCD) studios on Bradbury Street, which overlook the public space near Dalston Kingsland Station.
The new Dalston Works scheme, which will deliver 1,500m² of mixed-use space, includes a new steel-framed building with a pitched roof that will extend the existing building to accommodate more studios
HCD recently secured GLA funding to increase the level of affordable workspace on the square, which over the past two decades, has transformed the car park into one of Hackney’s liveliest cultural centres.
Hawkins\Brown was involved in the first phase of Gillett Square’s redevelopment more than 20 years ago, introducing a group of market pod kiosks to the square and designing Dalston Culture House, home to the Vortex Jazz Club.
Traders using the pods had expressed concern over the demolition of their market stalls, but HCD confirmed temporary kiosks will be provided in the square while the new facilities are under construction.
Alex Smith, founding director of new practice [Y/N] Studio and a former Hawkins\Brown associate, said: ‘The Bradbury street workspaces are unique, offering affordable space to businesses and charities that need them most. They are also an active and important part of the local community of Dalston.
’The team has worked closely with HCD and their tenants to retain and enhance the best attributes of the existing building, its relationship to both Gillett Square and Bradbury Street while providing much-needed improvement to its facilities.’
Russell Brown, founding Partner of Hawkins\Brown, said: ’This new scheme builds on the success of the earlier work and the increased demand for space in Dalston that has come about in the intervening years.
’Our intention is to preserve the values that went into the original project while renovating and expanding the Bradbury Street workspace to bring benefits for existing and new tenants.’
An announcement about when the project will start on site will be made later this year.
Dalstonworks ynstudio & hawkinsbrown (7)
Project name Dalston Works
Location Bradbury Street, London
Type of project Workspace/retrofit
Client Hackney Co-operative Developments
Architect [Y/N] Studio and Hawkins\Brown
Project manager Helios Project Management
Structural engineer Engenuiti
M&E consultant Thornley and Lumb
Quantity surveyor Beacon Project Services
Planning consultant JMS Planning and Development
Form of contract Traditional