Douglas and King Architects, an emerging practice based out of London, UK, recently began consulting on plans which, if given the go ahead, would see a major redevelopment project taking place within the district of Shoreditch. Their pre-application showcase, which was launched this week, shows their plans to transform what is being described as a “semi-derelict urban block” within the South Shoreditch Conservation Area, replacing the aging and decrepit buildings with three brand-new modernised buildings and a public piazza.

An overview of the proposed Shoreditch development   - Img: Douglas and King Architects
The refurbishment project would see the creation of two terraces of townhouses, complete with 9,000m2 of space intended for office, restaurant, and retail use. The plans include the demolition and subsequent reconstruction of two large commercial buildings, along with the creation of a new ten-storey block on the site of the current Picture House.

According to Douglas and King, the proposed public space would restore a thoroughfare “lost” in the inter-war years, which would be “activated” by ground-floor retail spaces.

As previously mentioned, three buildings will make up the newly-renovated site, the tallest of which will serve as an ‘architectural bookend’ for the western end of the development site and provide 3,100m2 of office and retail space.

The other end of the site will be occupied by 95 Tabernacle Street, a brand new building which will replace an existing single-storey restaurant and deliver an additional 90m2 of new space.

Finally, a new five-storey office building to be known as Titchfield House will replace a post-war commercial building located toward the southern end of the site, providing a further 4,300m2 of workspace in the process.

Practice director Martin King has said that the firm intends to submit a detailed formal application for the scheme to Hackney council in November.

He said of the planned redevelopment, “We have been working on this project for a number of years and have spent the last 12 months engaged in a planning performance agreement with Hackney.”

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