Sturt's Yard

Location:
Hackney, London
Client:
 Access Self Storage
Status: 

Ongoing public consultation

 

Our proposal for the redevelopment of 48 Eagle Wharf Road, adjacent to Sturt’s Lock, seeks to build upon the incremental transformation of Regent’s Canal, offering an accessible public place, activated by diverse workspace and homes, whilst respecting the site’s heritage and local context.

Generating activity and connectivity across the scheme at every level is one of the key ambitions. Recognising the importance of useable open public space within the city, the scheme aims to improve the quality of the public realm and emphasise Eagle Wharf and Sturt’s Lock as a moment along Regents Canal in which people can sit, walk, cycle, work and relax. Introducing a pedestrian route between Shepherdess Walk and New North Road bridges, a key component of The Blue Ribbon Walk, not only increases connectivity but it also aims to instigate and sustain growth and activity along the canal.

The proposed massing follows the orientation of the Victorian wharves and between these new blocks, a sequence of animated spaces and courtyards have been created. The residential units are elevated above these spaces giving them privacy whilst maximising light and views.

The industrial architectural aesthetic is expressed and woven through the architecture and spaces on all levels through the pitched roofs, metal frames and large factory style windows. The choice of traditional and robust materials, such as brick and metal, also helps to root the modern design in its historical context.

Mixed use blocks run north-south across the site, incorporating commercial and workspace uses at ground and first floors, Access Storage below ground and residential above. The massing of the blocks is broken down at the upper levels, in the form of a collection of distinct roof profiles, providing surprise and intrigue from all angles outside the development and within.

The application site is ongoing public consultation and targets a winter submission.