Having got interested in the ecology of Hackney Wick, particularly when compared to Olympic Village, I went on a walking tour of Fish Island this morning organised by the London Festival of Architecture.
Haworth Tompkins won a competition to develop a big site in 2014. It’s now nearly finished and seems to me well considered: good use of materials, minorly varied, 35% affordable housing, 530 units, the ground floor made available to start-up fashion businesses through a social enterprise called The Trampery. Many are not yet occupied, but when they are, there will presumably be a great deal of activity at street level.
It’s not the sort of scheme which will necessarily win prizes because architects themselves are dismissive of what they call the new London vernacular; but it probably should because it has produced a good sense of urban neighbourhood, so lacking in many new developments:-