From the outset, we have been committed to working closely with the local community, to ensure that The Goodsyard will become an important part of life in the area. That is why we have worked with an independent consultation firm, Soundings, based in Shoreditch, to directly engage with more than 1,500 people and organisations over the past 2 years.
This engagement has been through a range of different events, from one-to-one meetings, tours around the site, an ‘Ideas Week’, Steering Group meetings and consultation exhibitions.
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.
As a result, we have gone through a series of changes to the proposals, both during the pre-application process, and as recently as June 2015. 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 and as a result a reduction in the number of residential units.
• A focus on masonry/brick facades in keeping with the local character, 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 with 2 or more bed family homes now constituting the majority
• Developing flexible office space within the scheme to accommodate a variety of potential occupiers
• The introduction of a new office building to the south west of the site to accommodate the expanding Tech City office space requirement
As well as consulting residents, we will support and work with local organisations and groups to ensure that The Goodsyard maintains a long-term presence in the community. Since 2011 we have been working with groups like Spitalfields City Farm, St Hilda’s Community Centre, the Shoreditch Trust and Powerleague.
As Shoreditch changes and grows, keeping its sense of community alive will need investment and curation. So from before the first spade hits the ground, the Goodsyard People scheme will manage events, grants and community programmes on the site.