Though many Londoners are only just starting to realise what the area has to offer, Hackney Wick and Fish Island has been quietly innovating for centuries. Featuring the first dry cleaners and the world’s first synthetic plastic, the area a hundred years ago was a thriving Victorian industrial suburb catering for a huge range of chemical industries.
Now many of those same buildings are used by hundreds of artists, designers, digital specialists and creative thinkers to develop a powerhouse for a new kind of economy. Cooperative workspaces, quirky bars and cafes, public artworks and a vibrant nightlife make this one of the capital’s most existing communities.
West of the Lea Navigation, there are many opportunities for new development and the recent upgrade of Hackney Wick station is a key element in bringing those opportunities to life. LLDC will be working closely with the local community as these changes happen. Using our planning powers positively to help shape new development, we are looking at how best to use these powers to help change happen while protecting the most important buildings and areas of historic value.
Hackney Wick Neighbourhood Centre
Set one: Introduction
- Neighbourhood centre
- Why are we doing this, what are we doing, and how?
- What is already happening in the area?
Set two: Our proposals (1)
- A heritage inspired centre
- Historic streets, yards and passageways
- Opening up access to the canal
- Variety of building heights and sizes
- Character and appearance
Set three: Our proposals (2)
- Public realm design
- Workspace and working yards
- New homes