Entry type: Project

Number/street name: Buckland Street

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City: London

Postcode: N1 6JP

Architect: Mikhail Riches

Architect contact number: 020 7608 1505

Developer: .

Planning Authority: London Borough of Hackney

Planning Reference: PP-08687131

Date of Completion:

Schedule of Accommodation: Total 54 flats 14x 3beds; 18 x 2 beds; 22 x 1 beds

Tenure Mix: 41% Social Rent 26% Shared Ownership 33% Outright Sale

Total number of homes: 54

Site size (hectares): design boundary 6,610sqm (0.66ha) within design boundary are two towers

Net Density (homes per hectare): 81/ha

Size of principal unit (sq m): 70sqm

Smallest Unit (sq m): 53.2sqm

Largest unit (sq m): 98.9sqm

No of parking spaces: 0

Planning History:
Buckland Street was submitted for planning in June of 2020. The planning process consisted of : 2 Councillor Consultations 4 Pre App meetings 2 Design Review Panels 2 Resident Consultations Planning for Buckland Street was approved September 2020. The planning decision was unanimous of approval at the committee meeting.

Description of the design:
The Mayor of Hackney has made a promise to Hackney residents ; to build new homes across all tenures in and around existing estates, without losing greenspace. The Hackney Housing Supply (HSP) was established to deliver on that promise, and Mikhail Riches have been appointed to deliver two of these major new projects, Buckland Street and Wimborne Street. Here at Buckland Street, we are providing 54 high quality new homes, inspired by the opportunity to reinforce the street, with forms that hark back to the language of Mansion Blocks, some of London's most popular historic buildings. Buckland street runs east west through the St John and Cranston estates in Hoxton, with a central kink, a historical fragment from the former linear terraced streets. The area is characterised by amorphous planning and a lack of legibility. The buildings are a mix of horizontal slab blocks and vertical towers. There are lots of well maintained green spaces but these are fenced off due to lack of privacy for ground floor flats. Key moves facilitate greater permeability for pedestrians and provide a more direct route to nearby assets, Shoreditch, the church and the park. The existing towers and slab blocks present a strong language of horizontal banding and brick infill, which is reflected in our architectural approach. The scheme proposes three 6 storey villas which sit comfortably between the existing 11, 4 and 7 storey towers and slab blocks. All flats face South and get lots of sunlight as well as making southerly views toward the church spire. Most flats have a large south-facing balcony. Balconies are indented and curved to improve privacy, sunlight penetration and mitigate against overlooking. They are stacked for buildability. Most flats are triple aspect bar the 1-bedroom flats which face south, getting great sunlight and views.

Choose a few key elements you want to promote:
Thoughtful intervention and response to the complex design challenges of estate regeneration. We lead the public consultation with Hackney's stakeholders, designing a scheme integrating the existing neighbourhood. Modern Construction Methods; prefabricated concrete and GRC elements secure quality and aid future on-site assembly. Scheme is modelled using PHPP to assist in U value, Solar Gains, and Geometry design. The buildings target good U values, thermal bridging and air tightness; tied with an efficient MVHR system and solar shading design. The energy strategy optimises clean technology through centralised Air Source Heat Pumps, improving CO2 emissions beyond 2013 Building Regulations



  • Multi-Aspect Apartments


  • High density


  • Affordable
  • Council
  • Private Ownership
  • Shared Ownership
  • Mixed Tenure


  • Estate Regeneration
  • Community Consultation
  • Urban Infill
  • Urban Regeneration


  • Brickwork
  • Modern methods


  • Low Carbon
  • Low Energy
  • Sustainable

Outdoor areas

  • Garden

Surrounding Area

  • Landscape
  • Communal Spaces
  • Play Spaces
  • Public open space


  • Community



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Further Details

Building for a Healthy Life


Building with Nature


Home Quality Mark


Up Front Carbon Assessment


Circular Economy Assessment Plan


Community Impact (Social Value)


Well/BREEAM (for mixed-use schemes)


Post Occupancy Evaluation


Scheme PDF Download