- Developer works hand in hand with Hackney council to deliver a true mixed usage scheme.
- Emphasis is on place making and space for local creative businesses
- Union Developments implements model more widely across the borough
Last night, boutique developer Union Developments showcased their latest mixed use scheme, Warehaus, demonstrating how the development delivers ‘true’ mixed use – where the emphasis is as much on creating a community as it is on providing housing. The award-winning building in London Fields combines dynamic living and flexible work spaces for local creative businesses, with a total of 30 apartments and 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space – enough work space for some 120 people. The most exciting and innovative feature is the scheme’s glass bottom rooftop pool which also acts as the ceiling of the full-height atrium and is accessible for both residents and local workers.
The event was hosted on the roof terrace of the development where guests were treated to 360 degree views of London in the company of Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at the London Borough of Hackney, who was guest speaker for the evening.
The theme for the evening was Hackney’s regeneration and how mixed-use developments can make a lasting contribution to local communities, not just by building homes but by providing flexible business spaces and jobs. As part of their commitment to the council and community, Union Developments have created more than 70 apprenticeship placements on construction sites in Hackney and will be hosting a training facility for apprentices at Warehaus.
David Pollock of Union Developments commented:
“Over the last few years, Hackney has come on in leaps and bounds and the council has made it an attractive place for developers to invest; but we need to get the balance right between homes and jobs. Too often we see schemes that deliver the best in residential but which lack sorely in a vibrant commercial offering – it’s important to realise the two go hand in glove. A vibrant community such as Hackney thrives on the creativity and personality of its people so we need to ensure they have the space and opportunities to succeed.
“We see our schemes as prototypes for a new model of mixed use living in London. What makes these schemes so successful is the fact that they are led by design, accommodating the area’s industrial character while also appealing to the needs of today’s modern residents.”
Cllr Guy Nicholson commented:
“Hackney Council is working to support the development of mixed use buildings in the borough where communities can both live and work. Developments such as ‘Warehaus’ enable Hackney’s local economy to continue to grow, creating local jobs and supporting a thriving business community as well as meeting the demand for much needed new homes. Our community is growing and it is important that our neighbourhoods and town centres do not lose their character as places for both living and working.”
Union Developments are looking for partners to develop other projects across London.
David Pollock explained that there were already more developments of this kind in the pipeline in Hackney:
“Work is already underway at 143 Mare Street – just next door – an exciting and innovative space that features restaurants and a pop-up cinema, as well as an underground ‘street’ for business units. We also have a scheme currently in planning at Downes Road, which takes the mixed-use concept to a new level and, like Warehaus, it’s perfect for small and creative businesses. Our goal is to expand this concept across the Capital, recreating the community feel of bygone years.”