Manor Road

Plans submitted for challenging infill site

14 September 2021

We have submitted plans to Hackney Borough Council for a new mixed-use development fronting onto Manor Road in Stoke Newington. The scheme sits on a complex site, bordered by railway lines to the north, the Manor Road Parade to the south and a Grade II listed Victorian Villa to the east.

The building is designed with commercial space at ground floor providing an active frontage to Manor Road while thirty-five residential units are located above and behind. These comprise of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, including duplex and triplex units.

At the heart of the scheme is an open courtyard which takes precedent from the nearby Allens Gardens and provides an inviting, safe space for resident families. The space helps to achieve the urban greening factor, promotes biodiversity while providing private amenity and play space. Chance encounters and incidental meetings are promoted throughout the design with carefully designed circulation spaces.

The scheme responds sensitively to the varied surrounding context and is composed of four separate distinct elements each addressing a different contextual scenario. The scheme steps from four storeys along Manor Road to six storeys at the rear of the site, providing a buffer to the railway line. The proposed street elevation creates order and consistency along the length of the site, responding to and enhancing the street frontage.

A simple and robust palette of materials has been chosen to reflect the context. London Stock brickwork is used as the primary material with articulated bonding and the use of different mortar colours at key junctions. This, combined with blackened steelwork to balconies and stair-cores, creates a rich and varied facades.

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