Hackney Council reveals plans for first new homes under scheme to transform run-down garages and disused sites

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Newly released images show how an innovative restoration scheme in Hackney will transform run-down garages and other disused Council-owned sites.

The pictures show smart brick housing which will replace an empty garage on Mandeville Street, while another development will sit in place of a disused boiler house at Pedro Street.

Hackney Council revealed the designs for 39 new homes at the two sites in Clapton. The borough is currently struggling under a social housing waiting list of 13,000. 

The developments are the first phase of plans to alleviate Hackney’s housing crisis that will see hundreds of new homes built on disused sites such as garages, car parks and depots.

Disused: The garages will be replaced

Under the restoration scheme, the council plans to build nearly 500 homes across 14 sites, with about 70 per cent earmarked for social rent or shared ownership.

Emerging architects practice Al Jawad Pike submitted the plans for 11 homes to replace empty garages on Mandeville Street that look drab and run down.

The site will be transformed into a smart, symmetrical housing unit with five homes for social rent and six for shared ownership.

Renewal: The new building features balconies and planters

Meanwhile architects at Ash Sakula put forward plans for 28 homes at Pedro Street to replace a disused boiler house on Gilpin Square, with 13 set aside for social rent and 15 for shared ownership.

Drab: The scene at Pedro Street

According to Ash Sakula’s plans the proposed units will be modern and clean with outdoor spaces built cleverly into the design.

Hackney Council said priority for the new homes will go to Hackney residents.

The social rent properties will be available to the 13,000 currently on the borough’s housing waiting list and 3,000 in temporary accommodation. The shared ownership properties are intended to offer an affordable route into home ownership.

Mayor Philip Glanville said: “These smaller sites have given us the opportunity to work with some fantastic architect practices who, in collaboration with the local community, have come up with designs that both provide high quality, genuinely affordable homes and make a fantastic contribution to their neighbourhoods.”

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