• 28 November 2018

Wickside canal-side project

A new piece of London on the edge of Olympic Park

After eight years of design development and consultation with the planning authority, developer O’Shea, in partnership with Galliard Homes, were pleased to obtain consent for the award-winning £140 m, 63,000 m² high quality mixed-used scheme.

O’Shea has held a strategic investment in the site since 2012, which is situated on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site in Hackney Wick. The 2.88 ha canal-side development will see 500 homes, ranging from apartments and penthouses to garden studios and terraced houses, transform the former dye works and waste transfer site into a vibrant, cutting-edge community.

BUJ Architects and Ash Sakula Architects concept embraces the London street layout and respects the site’s industrial history. Retention of the existing building heritage was integral to the success of the proposals which includes restoring an industrial yard, craft brewery, casting foundry, food quarter and art gallery. The diversity of the new housing block styles and their synergy with the restored buildings will bring a new lease of life to the canal-side site, whilst respecting its past.

Set along a new park overlooking Hertford Union Canal, the development will feature improved sustainable transport networks, including a new canal bridge for better cyclist and pedestrian access in the area, linking with Hackney Wick Station and Fish Island developments. Green roofs will create a unique ‘biophilic neighbourhood’ adding valuable biodiversity to the urban surroundings.

Our flood experts led the strategic design of the sustainable on-site management of rainfall and surface water runoff (SuDS proposals). The team also undertook detailed hydraulic modelling to reduce the extent of flooding from the River Lea, increasing the site’s development potential and controlling flood risk in the surrounding areas.

Brendan McCarthy, Technical Director and Flood Management expert, said; “We are really pleased to see this project going ahead. Obtaining planning consent was a major milestone for all involved and we look forward to taking this prestigious scheme through to construction.”

Construction work is scheduled to commence in 2019 and promises to deliver a project central to the community creating hundreds of new jobs and honouring the wider legacy of the 2012 London Olympics.

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