Sturt's Yard

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

Sturt’s Yard is a mixed-use scheme alongside Regent’s Canal in Hackney.  This new development aims to introduce a memorable addition to the canal side, one that responds to the strong heritage of the local architecture, while also providing new urban spaces and connections that afford better public access and activity along the towpath.

Currently, the site is home to a fully operational Access Self Storage facility spread across separate buildings.  This new proposal set out to create an employment led mixed-use development that will activate the area through the introduction of offices and new homes. The scheme increases employment floor space (12,000sqm) by consolidating the self-storage facilities in a below ground facility while adding a significant amount of employment space through new serviced offices and co-working space.  Alongside the workspace, the development also seeks to address the regional housing need through the provision of 141 ‘build-to-rent’ homes that all form part of a single managed working and living environment.

Sturt’s Yard uses a distinct sloped roofline to visually unite all the new buildings across the site. Taking its inspiration from the gambrel style of industrial roofs, the new roofline creates a roof scape of stepped sloped gables that set a new rhythm along the canal side, whilst defining each of the building forms and marking the new route to the nearby lock. 

Recognising the importance of useable open space within the city, the scheme reinstates the original canal side yard as a public destination. A new pedestrian route connects from street to canal, widening at the public open yard and activated by a new café.  The yard is framed by a refurbished Victorian truss canopy, while a second storey roof terrace reuses an existing 20th Century iron and steel truss found on the site as an open framework that defines this new amenity area.

Located between Angel and Old Street stations, Sturt’s Yard sits within the Regent’s Canal Conservation Area, the Priority Employment Area, and sits across from the Arlington Square Conservation Area. Furthermore, it is a Site of Interest for Nature and Conservation (SINC) and part of the Green Links, Green Corridors and Open Spaces in Hackney.

We were appointed by Precis Group to provide the urban, architecture and landscape architecture design for the project. Engineering has been provided by Alan Baxter Ltd and Foreman Roberts.