New homes and pedestrian route given go ahead in Hackney Wick

A computer-generated image depicting the planned public space in Hackney Wick. Pic: LLDC

Almost 200 new houses and a new pedestrian and cycle route are planned as part of the development masterplan for the Hackney Wick area.

The project to develop the Hackney Wick area was given permission to begin its phase of planning back in March 2019 and is now set to be put into action. Exactly 190 new homes are expected to be built, along with 4,500m² of commercial space.

The masterplan for the Hackney Wick area seeks to develop it thoroughly while maintaining its prominent creative and cultural sectors. Both commercial spaces and housing are to be a part of this development.

The planned pedestrian/cycle route will extend from a proposed public space at the Hackney Wick station entrance, to Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Fish Island area in Tower Hamlets.

The eventual goal of the construction is to create a route for pedestrians and cyclists that will also form a part of the public space from Central Brooks on Wallis Road, to Rothbury Road and White Post Lane in Hackney Wick.

Three of the sites on which development is planned, and through which the route will travel, are owned by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

“This is a major step forward to deliver the next phase of the Hackney Wick Masterplan,” Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development at LLDC said in a statement. “The area has a unique character with a strong creative and manufacturing history.”

The purpose of the area’s masterplan is to increase connectivity to Hackney Wick. The construction of the route is a part of this, as it will lead to better links between the Hackney and Tower Hamlets boroughs.

Among the companies that have been selected to help work on the masterplan for the development of Hackney Wick is the Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association, who will work on expanding the area’s housing.

“This is a really exciting project providing new homes in a fantastic location with award-winning transport links on their doorstep,” said the business director at Notting Hill Genesis, James MacPherson, in a statement.

He added: “It will transform the area around Hackney Wick Station and include high-quality public realm and low-cost workspace and studios to help celebrate the huge creativity in this part of London.”

At least 50% of the houses to be built are expected to be priced affordably, though exact figures have yet to be determined. The award-winning architects group Hawkins\Brown will also be involved in their development.

Marko Neskovic from Hawkins\Brown said in a statement: “We look forward to working with Notting Hill Genesis, Engie, Delvendahl Martin Architects and Studio Weave to complete LLDC’s ambitious vision for a rich mix of residential and commercial spaces around Hackney Wick station.”

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