Hackney Gardens, Hackney Central

Thornsett, in partnership with St. John at Hackney Church and the London Diocesan Fund, obtained planning for this development which delivered a new community hub and part funded the cost of much needed restoration work to this magnificent listed church dating from the late 18th Century. The new state-of-the-art community hub provides a new home for the local scouts group and new community spaces for Hackney Church. In order to facilitate the development, the proposals involved the construction of 58 apartments overlooking this conservation area setting. The sensitivity of these proposals, on this key heritage site, were of the upmost importance as we consulted and formulated our planning application. Construction completed in May 2020. Housing Design Awards 2021 - Urban Design London Award Winner.

Benefits for Client

  • Land receipt
  • 13,500 sq.ft. of community space
  • 3 apartments handed back to the church to house key workers

The Development

  • 58 apartments (8 affordable units) plus community facilities
  • Restoration of a Grade II* listed church
  • Gross Development Value: £38m

Development Features

  • Conservation area setting in churchyard of St John at Hackney
  • Private gated development with “Secret Garden” for residents
  • S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy of £660,000 for the benefit of the local community
  • Concierge serving private apartments