Practice looks to add new low-rise blocks around 18-storey 1960s tower

Lynch Architects has submitted plans for an infill scheme that will deliver 73 new homes on the Fairbank Estate at Hoxton in east London.

The proposals, created as part of Hackney council’s housing supply programme, will deliver the homes in three new eight-storey blocks at the base of 18-storey Thaxted Court, on the corner of Murray Grove. The site is currently occupied by a two-storey car park.

Practice founder Patrick Lynch said the problem of integrating 1960s towers into a hospitable streetscape was a recurring theme in the practice’s work.

“We lived and worked in Hoxton during the ’90s and ‘00s and are very familiar with the problems that arise from the non-determinate landscapes around its modernist housing blocks, some of which provide accommodation of a very high standard,” he said.

View from a North Building balcony under Lynch Architects' proposals for the Fairbank Estate

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View from a North Building balcony under Lynch Architects’ proposals for the Fairbank Estate

“Our aim is to learn from these examples, and to contribute to the existing and emerging urban conditions.

“We propose to ‘ground’ the neighbouring buildings in a legible urban form made up of three new residential blocks of similar height, situated in a sequence of courtyards and gardens designed in collaboration with Muf art/architecture and Robert Bray Associates.”

The ground plan is made up of a series of uses: retail towards the eastern edge of the site, through residential entrances in the centre of the blocks, and service and community uses deeper into the site.

Lynch said the practice had just completed RIBA stage 4, with a planning application submitted earlier this month and tenders set to be invited shortly.

He added that if the application was successful, construction could start on site next year for completion in 2024.

The project team also includes Pell Frischmann and Max Fordham.

According to Hackney council, 28 of the new homes will be for social rent, nine will be for shared ownership and 36 for “outright sale”.