Councils come round to new Bishopsgate Goodsyard plans

Bishopsgate Goodsyard

New scheme looks set to replace towers with 17-storey block

The mayors of Hackney and Tower Hamlets have indicated they will give their backing to the new scheme being drawn up for the contested Bishopsgate Goodsyard site.

The most significant change is the loss of the 46-storey residential towers. BD understand these are to be replaced by a single block of about 17 storeys, which is roughly twice the height of the surrounding fabric of Shoreditch.

No designs have yet been released but the mood music coming out of both town halls is considerably cheerier than three years ago when Hackney paid for ads at bus stops urging its citizens to object to the £900m project. Under the slogan “A dark future for Shoreditch” the ads showed the proposed towers looming over existing buildings.

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