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ECOBuilder-Specifiers Journal spring2018

The Cube Building,

The Cube Building, London N1 Hawkins\Brown The ground floor of the Cube Building fills the majority of the site; sitting between the Wenlock Basin to the West and Shepherdess Walk Park to the East. At ground level, an ecological buffer zone separates a communal shard terrace from the canal while the residential accommodation stories have been lifted up off the ground floor workspace; resulting in generous first floor private residential terraces overlooking the park and canal. The upper residential stories of the building twists every two floors towards the sun creating generous, staggered terraces maximising views and outdoor space going above and beyond typical London standards. Planning History After a stalled planning application in 2011, our original client challenged us to maximise the site’s saleable value. Our brief: to maximise value by creating something a little bit different; a unique building with good daylight, great views and generous terraces. Original planning consent for the design; based on a novel cruciform plan, was granted in 2012 and in 2013 revised further maximising the number of units on the site. The final consented scheme, supported LB Hackney’s proposed ‘Wood First’ policy and provides 50 new homes for Hackney over 10 storeys; a 20% increase on the original stalled planning application. Development Information Architect: HawkinsBrown Developer: Regal Homes Planning Authority: London Borough of Hackney Development Data Site size (ha): 0.144 Date of completion: 2017 Schedule of accommodation: 14 x 1bed flats, 24 x 2 bed flats, 5 x 3 bed flats Tenure mix: 65% Private Sale/ 35% Shared Ownership/Housing Association Rented Size of typical home: 2 bed flats – ranging from 65 – 73 Parking spaces: 11 within basement 22 ECOBUILDER - THE SPECIFIER SPRING 2018

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