Way too quietly proposals have been unveiled for another significant regeneration scheme close to the Olympics site.
In another life (two years ago now) I revealed that the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation had bought two parcels of land immediately north and south of Hackney Wick station from administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers with a view to creating a mixed-use development around the transport hub.
The two acres of land were previously owned by Sir Alan Sugar’s buddy Paul Kemsley and his Rock Investments compnay.
Government quango LTGDC sees the site as key to an overall area masterplan for Hackney Wick, particularly as it is a key entrance point for the Olympic Park as well as the media centre.
The LTGDC will seek a development partner for the mixed-use development.
Anyway, the initial plans can now be viewed in this document.
LTGDC says it is “seeking to establish a mixed use development that includes affordable workspace, residential and retail uses that will be focused around an enhanced Hackney Wick Station with better access and public spaces”.
The proposals include 130 flats, around 60,000 sq ft of “affordable” workspace, and 17,000 sq ft of shops, cafes and restaurants in buildings ranging from two to 10 storeys in height.
It would be particularly interesting to hear what local businesses and communities such as the Leabank Square community group – hello to Sona and the gang by the way – and expert commentators such as Dave Hill think about a scheme that will be crucial in ensuring Hackney Wick enjoys some of the economic rejuvenation the Olympics projects are hopefully going to bring to the East End.