Hammerson and Ballymore to begin consulting on downsized scheme next week

Bishopsgate Goodsyard

The most recent - but now axed - Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme as masterplanned by Farrells with residential towers by PLP

A reworked version of proposals to redevelop east London’s Bishopsgate Goodsyard site is set to go out to consultation next week, project developers Hammerson and Ballymore have announced.

Plans to regenerate the 4.4ha site in Shoreditch with a 1,300 home scheme featuring PLP Architecture towers of up to 46 storeys bit the dust in 2016, and the practice subsequently walked away from the project.

BD understands that the new proposals – worked up by surviving design-team members FaulknerBrowns, Buckley Grey Yeoman, Chris Dyson and Spacehub – will be lower and the tallest building no more than 30 storeys. The move reacts to local oppositon that the earlier proposals faced, and reflects a shift towards commercial uses for the site, part of which is currently occupied by the Box Park development.

Hammerson and Ballymore said the revised proposals for were created to “allow for lower building heights, with an increased focus on workspace and the creative industries, whilst retaining more of the site’s heritage”, which includes a listed viaduct.

They said Goodsyard 2.0 would feature “a new approach to routes and public spaces, including a new pedestrian street connecting Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street, lined with retail, affordable workspace and studios” and an extended High Line-style walkway running across the site from east to west.

Hammerson development manager Tony Coughlan said the project team had been “carefully considering” feedback on the earlier scheme – which included a recommendation to refuse from Greater London Authority planning officers in 2016. 

Ballymore senior development manager Nicola Zech-Behrens said the new proposals had been the subject of “constructive conversations with the teams at the Greater London Authority and the boroughs” of Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

Neither developer detailed the quantum of homes and commercial space their latest proposals envisaged. The original scheme included 1,356 new homes, 65,000 sq m of office space and 17,000 sq m of retail space. BD reported in August that the new-homes count of the reworked scheme was expected to be in the region of 350 units.

The Goodsyard 2.0 proposals are set to be previewed at a series of consultation events running at Protein Studios in Shoreditch from 8-15 November.