The Goodsyard

Evolution of Our Plans

The Goodsyard is fiendishly complicated to develop, hemmed in and cut through by the power and transport arteries of London with several significant constraints that influence its development and reduce the total amount of land which can be built on to around 30% of the site. Constraints include:

• Shoreditch High Street station which is situated on the site
• The London Overground line running through the site
• A BT service tunnel running deep underneath the site
• 6 mainline railway lines (plus a further two reserved lines) out of Liverpool Street runs along and under the southern boundary of The Goodsyard
• The London Underground Central line cutting diagonally underneath the site between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green
• The London View Management Framework also constrains where building can be sited
• The site straddles two Borough boundaries

The Joint Venture has been working on overcoming these challenges since 2011. Through an extensive consultation process our proposals have evolved to respond to feedback on key issues such as preserving heritage assets, the mix of uses and the height and density of the site.

The consultation process has engaged over 1,500 local people and organisations as well as the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, the GLA and other key stakeholders. A steering group made up of local residents has helped us to shape our proposals along with focused workshops on key aspects of the scheme including the type of office space required to meet local demand and the design aspirations for the new elevated park.

Some of the key amendments included as a result of consultation are:
• Reducing the height of buildings across the site and setting several blocks further back from the street
• A focus on masonry/brick facades instead of steel and glass
• The integration of the listed Braithwaite Viaduct (and adjoining unlisted structures) into the new covered pedestrian route linking Brick Lane to Braithwaite Street
• The restoration of the listed Oriel Gateway as an iconic entrance to The Goodsyard
• The restoration by local architect Chris Dyson of the locally listed cottages on Sclater Street for use as office space for small businesses
• An increase in the number of larger residential units across the site
• Developing flexible office space within the scheme to accommodate a variety of potential occupiers
• Inclusion of additional office space (and reduction in residential units) to accommodate the expanding tech city office space requirement

Evolution of Our Plans

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