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Thursday24 July 2014

First look: McDowell & Benedetti brings new wooden heart to Shoreditch

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McDowell & Benedetti has secured planning permission for its largest project to date, a £17.2 million mixed-use development in Shoreditch, east London

The scheme comprises 70 apartments and 1,200sq m of ground floor commercial/ retail space in two new buildings with a landscaped courtyard between.

At the centre of a highly visible curved section of East Road, the front building fills in and reinforces the urban block, bringing vitality and active frontages to street level. The rear building is sculpted with landscaped terraces in response to adjacent buildings and amenity issues.

Model showing the terraced rear building.

Model showing the terraced rear building.

The buildings have different base materials, with the unified architectural character formed by a hardwood screening system that articulates differences between facades, moderating solar gain, daylight and privacy. It is adjustable by residents.

The mix of private and affordable housing is tenure blind, with a large proportion of family units.

The housing will adhere to the Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes and Building for Life criteria as well as responding to emerging policy in the form of the mayor of London’s proposed London Housing Design Guidance.

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