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Phase 1 Of Woodberry Down Revised

Wilkinson Eyre and Rolfe Judd have modified their plans for the first phase of the regeneration and rebuilding of the Woodberry Down estate in the east London borough of Hackney.

Overlooking the west reservoir, the site is situated on the north-eastern corner with Lordship Road and the causeway between the two reservoirs running to its immediate east.

The development by Berkeley Homes will now feature 490 apartments from which there will be 192 affordable units - this increases the overall total by 34 from the previous application. Also included to breathe some life into the ground areas and animate the streets is 1,240 square metres of commercial space suitable for shops cafes and restaurants, 730 square metres of new community facilities and basement parking for 169 cars and 490 bikes.

The landmark element of the scheme is a tower that's been boosted in by two storeys to twenty seven and will now be wholly residential. Previously it had had ground floor retail. To insure that the actual height of the tower hasn't increased the architect has "cheated" by reducing the floor to ceiling heights of each level allowing them to cram more into the same mass as before.

All of this helps it correspond with the previous planning application which was fully approved in 2008 without making major changes working instead a low risk planning strategy that at the same time extracts every last piece of profit possible for the developer.

This marks phase one of the Woodberry Down masterplan and occupies a mere 1.9 hectare of a 43.6 hectare site giving an idea of just how large the development will be if it is ever completed.

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Woodberry Down Site One Tower

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Woodberry Down, London
Woodberry Down, London