Townshend Landscape Architects to work on Hackney's Nightingale Estate

Townshend Landscape Architects has been chosen to transform the landscape and public realm as part of the regeneration of an east London housing estate.

Preliminary drawing of estate plan. Image: Karakusevic Carson Architects
Preliminary drawing of estate plan. Image: Karakusevic Carson Architects

The London-based company will work with architecture practices Karakusevic Carson, Henley Halebrown Rorrison and Stephen Taylor Architects on the Nightingale Estate in Hackney, which has been the site of a long-term regeneration programme since 2009.

After two previous regeneration stages Hackney Council retained ownership of two hectares of land. An initial capacity study estimated that the site has the potential to be developed with approximately 350 new homes plus public realm elements.

A Regeneration Steering Group was established and resident representatives were invited to participate in the procurement of lead architects. The council has said the development must be built to "high environmental standards" with homes featuring significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions and water usage compared to homes built to current Building Regulations. Water recycling and SuDS are being considered.

The architects are now drawing up a masterplan for the third phase of the project and are expected to submit a planning application by the end of this year.  

Previously work on the site saw four tower blocks demolished and Southern Housing Group build 203 homes for social rent, 89 homes for shared ownership and 12 homes for key workers. Hackney Council refurbished 397 of the homes.

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