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Hammerson ditches towers with new Goodsyard plans

Developers behind the Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme have unveiled new designs that ditch the original high-rise towers after uproar with local residents.

The joint venture between Hammerson and Ballymore has worked up new designs that remove the two high-rise residential towers, opting instead for lower buildings and a focus on flexible workspace.

Their plans have reduced tower heights from 46 storeys to 29, with the density of the 4 ha scheme falling by 1m sq ft overall.

Goodsyard’s revised proposals were devised in collaboration with masterplanner FaulknerBrowns Architects, Buckley Gray Yeoman, Spacehub and Chris Dyson Architects.

The developers first announced that they were to revise the plans in August, a move welcomed by local groups that had campaigned against the scale of the proposals and the low levels of affordable housing. 

The new plans include 1.4m sq ft of offices and affordable workspace, 175,000 sq ft of retail and a 250-300 bed hotel.

A building for cultural space on Brick Lane is also proposed, as well as exhibition space along London Road beneath the elevated park.

The plans also feature an increased amount of public realm with 2.4 ha at ground level and as part of the proposed park on top of the Braithwaite Viaduct.

This will include a mix of landscaped spaces as well as cafés, restaurants and a hotel as part of the extended ‘high-line’-style walkway.

Hammerson and Ballymore’s 2014 proposals had included a series of tall residential towers along Sclater Street, which have now been replaced with 7-14 storey mansion blocks in response to feedback from local residents.

The plans include up to 250 homes, with at least 35 per cent of these being affordable.

Hammerson development manager Tony Coughlan said: “The Goodsyard is a highly challenging site with a large number of constraints and comes with a fascinating history.

“Our updated proposals respond positively to feedback on our planning applications and previous community consultations and constructive conversations with the GLA and the local boroughs.

“The revised plans will form part of Hammerson’s City Quarters concept announced earlier this year and will provide over 10,000 jobs.”

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