The Wallis is a transformative heritage-led mixed-use regeneration scheme in the heart of Hackney Wick that preserves and enhances historic buildings and puts them to use as creative workspace and exhibition space. The flexible workspace is punctuated with mezzanines and double-height spaces with original trusses exposed and includes collaborative work areas. The adjacent locally listed Central Books building, a typical Edwardian warehouse, became a key driver for the design.
The scheme was one of the first developments to come forward in the LDDC’s Hackney Wick masterplan area [closely followed by our Stone Studios scheme] providing a direct link to the newly enhanced Wick’s station. Our design reinstates a historic yard enclosed by a new building, providing an additional new retail offer.
Driven by a desire to create a vibrant community, the design addresses the Wick’s industrial heritage and brings together a sustainable mix of uses. The scheme also focuses on improving connectivity across and around the site, while the promotion of the creative industries within our proposals aim to ensure the scheme’s relevance and appeal to the local community.
Client M&D Silk Properties
Location Hackney Wick, E9
Scope 44 new homes and 2,800sqm employment space
Planning Authority London Legacy Development Corporation
Awards 2017 Planning Awards — Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking, Highly Commended
Planning Architect London Legacy Development Corporation
Images Nick Guttridge