2007 - 2014
Pollard Thomas Edwards has designed 108 apartments and houses to create a new residential mixed tenure development on an island site near the Regent’s Canal in Hackney.
The site was previously occupied by a storage facility owned by the British Library, which presented blank walls to the surrounding streets and provided little employment. Our scheme replaces this with a seven-storey apartment block on Wenlock Road which steps down to five storeys to meet a terrace of ten three-storey houses on Taplow Street. Commercial units have been created at ground-floor and basement levels.
The scheme provides a substantial element of family housing. The ten four-bedroom houses and two further maisonettes are set back from the road with courtyard entrances – they have sedum roofs and green terraces at first-floor level. The larger three-bedroom family apartments are all on the lower floors. They have terraces at the centre of the apartment block as well as balconies overlooking the street which are designed as an integral part of the living space. All two- and three-bedroom apartments have a dual aspect, and the apartments are accessed via multiple cores in order to increase the sense of security and neighbourliness.
Micawber Street meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 with renewable energy provided by photovoltaic panels. It is also designed to meet Lifetime Homes standards, and eleven wheelchair homes are included within the scheme.