Hackney Downs

A commercial hub for small businesses with high-quality homes above it, this is an ongoing project expected to finish in 2020, housing 79 private residential units and commercial space on the lower ground and ground floors. SRK is providing bathroom and flooring specification and supply along with consultations with the architects and client in relation to this. We are also involved in the design of this project.

The predominant material of the development is brick with concrete fins. The building on the right of the entrance relates to the existing terrace along Downs Road in scale and proportion, acting as an end to the row and the start of the proposed development. The left hand side building projects further to Downs Road as a gateway into the development. The glazed ground floor of both buildings allows people to get a view into the commercial activities at this level and thus provide a welcoming meandering entrance into the site.

We created as much external space as possible by proposing a communal street through the site, with courtyards and sunken gardens off it. These spaces are used for socialising as break out work spaces, events or pop up markets, which will create a social atmosphere and a community environment.