Latest proposals envisage 450 resi units, which is 50 short of planners’ demands 

Architects working on the Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme on the City fringe in east London have gone back to the drawing board to squeeze in more flats after planners raised concerns that the latest proposals weren’t doing enough to tackle the housing crisis.

An original PLP Architecture-designed scheme had envisaged more than 1,300 homes on the 4.4ha site in Shoreditch but that proposal was scrapped three years ago, at which point PLP walked away.

Goodsyard 2018 - pedestrian street

A new revised development by FaulknerBrowns, Buckley Gray Yeoman, Chris Dyson and Spacehub for developers Hammerson and Ballymore will now contain 450 flats, up from 250 in the proposals consulted on last year, but well under the 1,356 units set out in the original plan.

And the 450 figure, which Building understands in the maximum number that developers can accommodate without raising the heights of the buildings or densities of the scheme to unacceptable levels, is still well below the 500 demanded by Hackney planners earlier this month.

Eric Parry has since been brought in to design the tallest tower in the scheme, a 29-storey block.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Goodsyard joint venture, made up of developers Hammerson and Ballymore, said it had been reviewing feedback on its plans and been engaged in “positive and constructive discussions” with the Greater London Authority, Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils and other stakeholders.

“As a result of these discussions we have reviewed our proposals with the aim of further optimising the residential provision, increasing the number of new homes to 450, while maintaining a balanced mix of uses, including new public realm and 1.4mft² workspace.”

The amount of public space had also been increased to more than 1.25ha at ground level, including a sizeably larger public park now 4,000m².

The JV said “at least” 35% of the homes would be affordable and talks were underway around the exact level of affordable housing and tenure mix. It is understood the hotel in the development could now incorporate a number of residential units.