Mayor of London Approves Plans for Bishopsgate Goodsyard
The Mayor of London has approved Hammerson and Ballymore’s plans for the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site.
At a hearing at City Hall on Thursday (3rd or December 2020), the Mayor gave the green light for the regeneration of the 10-acre site in the heart of Shoreditch, which is one of central London’s last remaining strategic brownfield regeneration sites.
The revised plans proposed by the joint venture between Hammerson and Ballymore will provide 500 homes, with 50% affordable, as well as 1.4 million sq ft of workspace, including one of the largest single contributions of the affordable workspace of any development in London.
The Mayor’s approval for the revised plans follows extensive public consultation, with over 2,500 people in the local community engaged since 2011, as well as constructive discussions between the joint venture, the GLA, Hackney Council, Tower Hamlets Council and other key local stakeholders.
The masterplan, designed by architect FaulknerBrowns, includes a high line-style elevated public park sitting on top of the restored historic railway arches that will provide a series of connected gardens, terraces and walkways, with a wide variety of biodiversity, including trees and planting.
Designed by landscape architects Spacehub, the park will be one of the largest new parks in central London. In total, the site will have over six acres of the public realm, 25% larger than proposed in the original plans, first submitted in 2014, and covering over 50% of the whole site.
The office buildings, which will provide varied types of workspace to suit occupiers ranging from large corporates to small creative businesses, have been designed by Eric Parry Architects and Buckley Gray Yeoman. FaulknerBrowns has also designed elements of the workspace provision, as well as the residential, hotel and cultural buildings.
Once complete, the scheme will make a significant contribution to the local area and London, supporting over 11,000 jobs and contributing around £540m to the economy each year, as measured in Gross Value Add (GVA).
Robin Dobson, Director of UK Development & Project Management, Hammerson, commented: “The Mayor’s decision is a huge vote of confidence in central London after a challenging year. Our designs make the very most of a highly constrained site and will provide a huge range of benefits. These include one of the largest ever provisions of affordable workspace in London, which will help the local area and London as a whole continue to thrive long into the future. We listened carefully to feedback on our original proposal and after extensive consultation with Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils, local people and businesses and the Greater London Authority, our proposal now provides for a balanced, mixed-use scheme that will create a new community in the heart of Shoreditch.”
Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive, Ballymore: “The Goodsyard site will be the jewel in the crown of Shoreditch. We bought this site almost 20 years ago when this area was a very different place. As the last opportunity for significant growth in Shoreditch, the time has come for what will be a great boost to the local area and London. The Goodsyard will be an exemplary neighbourhood, fit for a revived London. With a mix of new homes, sitting alongside workspace, shops, cafes and restaurants, cultural buildings, new streets and one of central London’s largest new parks, this will be a place designed with wellbeing in mind, where people want to live, work, and enjoy themselves.”
04/12/2020 22:32 by Buildington
The joint venture between Hammerson and Ballymore has increased the number of homes it will provide at the Bishopsgate Goodsyard development to 500.
The developers have launched a second public exhibition on the updated proposals today, which runs until 9th March.
Following the previous public consultation and constructive conversations with the Greater London Authority, Hackney Council, and Tower Hamlets Council, the developers have sought to further optimise the residential provision on the site, and are now proposing an increase from the 250 consulted on in November, of which at least 35% will be affordable.
In response to local feedback, the joint venture is also proposing to remove a building previously proposed on the eastern end of the elevated park to create a larger continuous green space, creating an area of over 4,000sqm to the eastern end of the park and increasing the total public realm to over 1.25ha at park level, larger than what was proposed in the existing application.
The revised approach focuses on flexible workspace and the creative industries and allows for lower building heights and reduced density, with the tallest building in the scheme – a 750,000 sq ft office building designed by Eric Parry Architects – dropping from 46 storeys to 29.
The revised proposals also retain more of the site’s heritage and allow for a new approach to routes and public spaces, including a new pedestrian street connecting Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street, lined with retail, affordable workspace and studios.
John Mulryan, Group Managing Director, Ballymore, commented: “Bishopsgate Goodsyard is an incredible site, packaged with a great deal of challenges. Thanks to a combination of over five different railway lines and tunnels passing through this site, as well as many heritage assets and structures to be brought back into use, there are a number of site constraints in play.
“The site offers significant development potential that is also capable of being sensitive to the townscape. As we move into the next stage of our consultation on the revised proposals, we hope it is evident that we have reflected on feedback received to date, and that our revised proposal delivers for London’s growth with sensitivity for the area and its community.”
Tony Coughlan, Development Manager at Hammerson, added: “Working closely with the GLA and the local boroughs, we have reviewed our proposals with the aim of further optimising the number of homes, while maintaining a balanced mixed of uses. We are now proposing 500 residential units across the site and have increased the size of the public park in response to local feedback, creating a large uninterrupted green space for the community.
“We are excited to bring forward this updated masterplan which we feel realises local ambitions and converts this derelict area into a vibrant new space; bringing a currently unused site back to life in the heart of Shoreditch.”
04/03/2019 20:08 by Buildington
Hammerson and Ballymore have launched updated proposals for the regeneration of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard.
The developers, working with master planner FaulknerBrowns Architects, Buckley Gray Yeoman, Spacehub, and Chris Dyson Architects, have launched a consultation with the local community on the updated proposals for developing The Goodsyard site, which has been derelict since a fire in the 1960s.
With the removal of the two high-rise residential towers, the revised approach allows for lower building heights and a focus on flexible workspace and the creative industries. This results in reduced density and the tallest building in the scheme dropping from 46 storeys to 29.
Overall the scheme now provides a reduction of 1,000,000 sq ft of development providing a lower density scheme with a greater diversity of uses, focusing on the creative industries. This includes 1.4m sq ft of offices and affordable workspace, 175,000 sq ft of retail and a 250-300 bed hotel. A destination building for cultural space on Brick Lane is also proposed, as well as exhibition space along the historic London Road beneath the elevated park.
The plans also include an increased amount of public realm with 5.9 acres at ground and as part of the proposed park on top of the historic Braithwaite Viaduct. This will include a diverse mix of imaginative landscaped spaces, as well as cafés, restaurants and a hotel, creating active uses as part of the extended ‘high-line’-style walkway.
At street level a fresh approach to routes and public spaces now also includes a new east-west pedestrian street running from Brick Lane to Shoreditch High Street. The revisions will also see more of the site’s heritage retained, with the listed Braithwaite Viaduct arches opened up to the public and the Oriel Gate restored to become the ‘gateway’ entrance to the site from Shoreditch High Street.
The 2014 proposals also included a series of tall residential towers along Sclater Street, which have now been replaced with 7-14 storey mansion blocks in response to local feedback. The plans include up to 250 homes and at least 35% of these new homes will be affordable.
Tony Coughlan, development manager, Hammerson, commented: “The Goodsyard is a highly challenging site with a large number of constraints and comes with a fascinating history. Our updated proposals respond positively to feedback on our planning applications and previous community consultations and constructive conversations with the GLA and the local boroughs. The revised plans will form part of Hammerson’s City Quarters concept announced earlier this year and will provide over 10,000 jobs along with a vibrant mix of uses and reduced density, while preserving and showcasing the site’s unique heritage and character.”
Nicola Zech-Behrens, senior development manager, Ballymore, said: “The revised proposals offer a development that brings a more human sense of scale. With reduced heights, and greater provision for affordable and creative workspace, the amendments to the application support the area’s local and international reputation as a hub for tech and entrepreneurs. Thanks to smaller retail units, studios and workshops, this part of London will continue to innovate and grow.”
Paul Rigby, partner FaulknerBrowns Architects, added: “Our fresh approach to streets and laneways creates an urban neighbourhood that integrates with the surrounding townscape, while the reimagined ‘high-line’-style walkway and park which blends landscaping with more active uses creating an urban park. The proposed amendments to the residential buildings along Sclater Street allow for mid-rise mansion blocks, well suited to a mix of housing types and tenures and in keeping with the local character, creating an exciting and thriving new quarter for London.”
09/11/2018 05:14 by Buildington
Public consultation dates for The Goodsyard site:
Friday 9 Nov 2018 10-2pm - Outside Shoreditch High Street Station
Sunday 11 Nov 2018 12-4pm - Brick Lane Market, Sclater Street
Tuesday 13 Nov 2018 10-2pm - Outside Shoreditch High Street Station
All at: Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY
Thursday 8 Nov 2018 2-5pm
Saturday 10 Nov 2018 11-4pm
Monday 12 Nov 2018 5-9pm
Wednesday 14 Nov 2018 2-5pm
Thursday 15 Nov 2018 2-5pm
Find out about the project, updated proposals and how to get involved at The Goodsyard consultation website at: consultation.thegoodsyardlondon.co.uk
08/11/2018 06:02 by Buildington
Work to resubmit the design for a major mixed-use scheme at The Goodsyard in Bishopsgate has progressed with a submission targeted by the end of the year, reports Hammerson. This is expected to allow the GLA and the Mayor of London to determine the scheme in 2019. The Goodsyard is a 4.2ha site on the edge of the City of London and is owned 50:50 in partnership with Ballymore Properties.
Source: Hammerson Strategy update and 2018 Half-Year Results 24.07.2018 hammerson.com.
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