Social housing, Mandeville Street

The project forms part of Hackney’s new housing supply programme, an initiative which aims to build more than 400 homes – 70 per cent of which will be for social rent and shared ownership. The development will deliver eleven new high quality homes that will replace disused garages on Mandeville Street in Lower Clapton, Hackney.

The site’s unusual shape and complex boundary conditions require a nuanced massing response that blends several typologies into a coherent architectural solution. Urbanistically, the proposals aim to restitch the site with its surroundings by introducing a new pedestrian thoroughfare that will contribute to the reactivation of the public realm, while providing a clear delineation of public and private space. The development will form a townhouse block and mews, unified by their brick materiality and base. A sculptural roofscape of gabled frontages create a distinctive silhouette that takes its cue from the Grade II Listed Mandeville Primary School.