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Old July 3rd, 2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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145 City Road | Hackney | 134m | 39 fl | Approved

This was announced last year;
Rocket Investments plans residential scheme with £200m twin-tower development
http://www.freeofficesearch.co.uk/Of...ial-Conversion
And a planning application has just been submitted to Hackney Council;
"Request for scoping opinion pursuant to regulation 10 of the Town and Country Planning Environmental Impact Assessment (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (as amended) for demolition of the existing buildings on site and erection of a 39 storey residential tower (approx height 152m AOD) with retail at ground floor and 10 storey office building (approx height 62m AOD) with retail at ground floor to provide approximately 27,850sqm GIA of residential floorspace, 10,700sqm GIA of office floorspace and 900sqm NIA of retail floorspace plus.."
App.# 2012/1980
http://apps.hackney.gov.uk/servapps/...DAURI=PLANNING
I'm not sure what a "request for scoping opinion" is, and there's no drawings available at the moment.
Any comments to russell.smith@hackney.gov.uk
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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interesting, dont think that has been mentioned here yet
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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A 39 storey tower is going to be really isolated up here though isn't it? I know it'll have a neighbour as part of the scheme, and it has Eagle house next door - but other then that there are no other highrises here (unless I'm mistaken?) and perhaps few avenues to develop other towers nearby.
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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This was announced last year;
Rocket Investments plans residential scheme with £200m twin-tower development
http://www.freeofficesearch.co.uk/Of...ial-Conversion
And a planning application has just been submitted to Hackney Council;
"Request for scoping opinion pursuant to regulation 10 of the Town and Country Planning Environmental Impact Assessment (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (as amended) for demolition of the existing buildings on site and erection of a 39 storey residential tower (approx height 152m AOD) with retail at ground floor and 10 storey office building (approx height 62m AOD) with retail at ground floor to provide approximately 27,850sqm GIA of residential floorspace, 10,700sqm GIA of office floorspace and 900sqm NIA of retail floorspace plus.."
App.# 2012/1980
http://apps.hackney.gov.uk/servapps/...DAURI=PLANNING
I'm not sure what a "request for scoping opinion" is, and there's no drawings available at the moment.
Any comments to russell.smith@hackney.gov.uk
The developers pay the council app fees to find out what they think might work for the site before submit a formal application.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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A 39 storey tower is going to be really isolated up here though isn't it? I know it'll have a neighbour as part of the scheme, and it has Eagle house next door - but other then that there are no other highrises here (unless I'm mistaken?) and perhaps few avenues to develop other towers nearby.
There's Eagle House and another adjacent hotel (both 20-something storeys, both under construction) immediately to its north. Here's a few CGIs of what's under construction adjacent to the red brick thing which is the site in question;
http://www.renderare.com/?p=755
The nearest building over 30 storeys will be up the road by the canal basin.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #6
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Although, a few years back, there was a proposal for a 43 storey building by Will Alsop on the adjacent site. But I'm not sure whether it was rejected because of its height....or because it looked like an homage to a 1980s teenager's duvet;
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images...Tower_pic1.jpg

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Old July 4th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #7
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OH GOOD GOD I had repressed that.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #8
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Planning application now in; 2012/3259
http://idox.hackney.gov.uk/WAM/showC...mber=2012/3259
Some good CGIs in the Design and Access statement
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Old November 9th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #10
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Is this the site of Crown House the Churchill Insurance Building?
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Old November 9th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #11
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I think this looks fine. Maybe a spire on the front of the tallest section to create a pinnacle point from the view from the roundabout? The low rise a bit chunky but I can see what they're doing there continuing the street line somewhat.

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Has a wonderful art deco quality to it from some angles, yet the office building attached to the residential block is awful.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 03:11 PM   #13
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as this is Hackney we might see it go through at that height but no doubt the nutty neighbours over in Islington will kick up a fuss.

Also makes the pointless height reduction of Eagle House even more pointless!

Planners and Councillors eh!

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as this is Hackney we might see it go through at that height but no doubt the nutty neighbours over in Islington will kick up a fuss.

Also makes the pointless height reduction of Eagle House even more pointless!

Planners and Councillors eh!
Well here's the guy to write to if you want to make the case for being built at this height;
russell.smith@hackney.gov.uk
Or make a comment via the planning site;
http://apps.hackney.gov.uk/servapps/...DAURI=PLANNING

I certainly hope it gets built at this height. Note the first post I made on this thread about an initial "scoping opinion" they sought from the council. Does this mean they've likely already been given a tacit green light for this height?
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I don't know if I think that it may be too big, given that the other new builds and proposals around it are half its height. That being said, if other plots nearby could potentially harbour suited sites for other like-sized buildings, I'd be more welcoming.

I do like the massing, but perhaps a nice little flair would be if one of the stepped up elements had a different cladding, a nice bronze or gold added to the palette. It'd liven it up a bit without it being too OTT.
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Wow, I'm impressed. It looks like a stack of books or something. Pretty dramatic.
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Oh my god I cant believe I havent seen this and Iv been thinking when are we going to see a proposal for this site since they announced the redevelopment, doesnt look to bad nice and slender, looks like another cluster emerging in London. Oh happy days
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Looks lovely, hope it gets built
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Looks great, interesting collection of buildings around there now.
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I think this looks fine. Maybe a spire on the front of the tallest section to create a pinnacle point from the view from the roundabout? The low rise a bit chunky but I can see what they're doing there continuing the street line somewhat.
a spire seems the most obvious thing in the world. i wonder why they don't have one here. it sort of screams for a spire. i'd raise the central blade very slightly too.

office building has an interesting cantilever which creates more space at ground level. the trick with shrinking the windows where there's high solar gain looks neat too, almost like a trick of the eye that demands a double take.



the developer owns new roman house on the other side of the road.
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