Adjaye reveals Hackney 'fashion hub' plans

Andrea Klettner

David Adjaye's Hackney ‘fashion hub

Buildings will rise to five and eight storeys in height

David Adjaye will design two buildings for Hackney’s ‘fashion hub’ rising to eight and five storeys in height.

As revealed last month by BD, the architect was hired by the Manhattan Loft Corporation to design permanent retail spaces based around the existing Burberry, Aquascutum and Pringle outlet stores.

“Our proposals offer a beacon for Hackney Central,” said Adjaye. “The buildings will create a light-filled, compelling environment that captures Hackney’s creative energy, gives local residents a sense of pride in their built environment and provides an exciting new draw for visitors.”

An existing, temporary building on the site, which currently houses the Aquascutum brand, will be removed to make way for the new buildings.

The plans for the development will see some 7,000 sq m of new retail space created for fashion outlets, a café, restaurant and design studios.

In addition new open space, pedestrianised areas and signage will be created to encourage visitors to explore Hackney Central and visit Mare Street, Narroway and other surrounding retail areas.

Harry Handelsman, chief executive of Manhattan Loft Corporation, added: “The aim of this fashion hub is to establish a focus in Hackney Town Centre for the promotion of both local and international brands involved in the design, manufacture and sale of retail products.”

A planning application is due to be submitted at the end of March.

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