Welcome to this exhibition of proposals for 115-119 Wallis Road. The two owners of these three properties are collaborating to bring forward planning applications to replace the existing warehouses. We want to create a network of public spaces, shops, restaurants and new creative workspace, with residential apartments above.
Our proposals form part of the LLDC’s Hackney Wick Central Masterplan (which covers a wider area around the station) and will make a significant contribution to delivering the agreed vision.
115 – 117 Wallis Road
Groveworld and Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) are working together on the proposals for 115-117 Wallis Road. The team was also involved in the design of Stone Studios on the southern side of Wallis Road, which is currently being delivered by Telford Homes, and we have been working in Hackney Wick and Fish Island for over ten years.
Pollard Thomas Edwards specialises in the creation of new neighbourhoods and the revitalisation of old ones. We have won over 60 design awards in the last three years alone, including Sustainable Practice of the Year 2018 and Housing Architect of the Year 2017. Many of our award-winning projects are mixed-use developments combining workspace or community facilities with homes.
Groveworld is an experienced residential and mixed use developer with a track record in delivering innovative, design and regeneration-led developments within London. It strives hard to ensure its developments are supported by the local authority, the wider community and neighbouring landowners.
Groveworld and PTE have worked together for nearly 20 years, particularly around our home base at City Road Basin in Islington. Here we have built and restored a number of mixed-use buildings for studio workspace and apartments. These have won numerous design awards and are popular among local people.
Established in 1962, Lichfields is a large, independent planning consultancy which has been at the forefront of town planning for 56 years. We are a nationally renowned practice with expertise in development planning, urban design, conservation, and economics. We have eight offices across the UK and over 180 professional staff.
Farrer Huxley Associates (FHA) is a practice of landscape architects established in 1995. Their work is founded upon the belief that landscape makes an essential contribution to sociable and sustainable communities.
115-119 Wallis Road form part of the LLDC’s Hackney Wick Central Masterplan and are shown as Development Plots D1 and D2. The LLDC agreed to grant outline planning permission for the Masterplan in April 2017.
The outline planning permission includes clear guidance (‘parameter plans’) controlling future development of these properties:
- The amount of workspace, retail and residential space, including requirements for affordable housing and that there should be ‘no net loss’ of employment space.
- The footprint and massing of the new buildings.
- The amount and type of public space and access to it.
The Masterplan also contains a Design Code guiding the detailed appearance and materials of the new buildings, and the streets and opens spaces.
115-119 Wallis Road contain three near-identical two-storey warehouses constructed in the 1980’s with parking forecourts and shared access land wrapping around the back and including the canal-side yard.
115-117 are owned by Groveworld Limited in partnership with PTE Property. 119 is owned by the Howes family. The two owners have agreed to collaborate to bring forward separate, but coordinated, planning applications for two new buildings to replace the existing warehouses, in line with the LLDC’s vision and proposals for the area.
The existing space is partly vacant and partly let as managed workspace. The proposed redevelopment proposes an increase in the amount of employment floorspace. This high quality workspace will also include a subsidised affordable element.
Although the sites fall within the Hackney Wick Conservation Area, the LLDC agrees that the existing buildings have no architectural merit. However, they do sit next to local heritage buildings Central Books and Eton Mission Boathouse, and the proposals need to respect this setting.
Other surrounding sites are identified in the Masterplan for potential redevelopment. This has already commenced at Stone Studios to the south, which will also deliver a direct pedestrian link between Wallis Road and the new station.