Press Release:
Sharp look for new homes on Mare Street, Hackney

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Architects, pH+, have been granted planning permission for a dramatically “serrated” mixed-use development in the London Borough of Hackney.


The 467sqm Bayford Mews project is a high quality redevelopment of an existing two-storey workshop that has fallen into disrepair, within the Mare Street Conservation Area. The project is characterized by a series of sharply angled windows that allow more daylight into the homes and prevents overlooking, therefore protecting neighbours’ privacy. Rising to four stories the new building compromises three residential maisonettes above a commercial unit at ground level and in the basement.

pH+’s design responds sensitively to the extreme proximity of the Mare Street properties. The eastern side of the building has been designed to guide views towards Bayford Street. This elevation is intentionally stark in reference to the austere appearance of nearby industrial buildings. In contrast with the blind gable end of the existing property on the site, the grey brick exterior of the new development will be punctuated by large full-height windows on all three storeys. Generously sized residential accommodation is accompanied by individual roof terraces for each occupant.

Andy Puncher, pH+; “The considerate design contributes positively to both the character of the Mare Street Conservation Area and the streetscape of Bayford Street. The proposed use of traditional materials with contemporary detailing will be a sensitive response to the multifarious character of the local area.”

The scheme is situated in the wider development of the area which pH+ has been involved with since 2013.


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