Outdoor amenity space was key to successfully integrating housing and a school on a small urban site. Whilst vertically stacking this mix of uses often results in a loss of outside space, this solution integrates an innovative double-height open-air play deck that separates the school from the housing that, coupled with mature ground floor landscaping and classroom balconies, dramatically increases outside play space despite the addition of housing to the site. The residents benefit from a shared rooftop garden and private balconies that exceed minimum LHDG areas.

Planning History

The design for Holy Trinity continuously evolved as public funding diminished and the proportion of housing increased to cross-subsidise the new school. What started as a school expansion masterplan became a bold, mid-rise, mixed-use development, with negotiation and iterative design adjustments lasting some 4 years before receiving LB Hackney officer recommendation for approval. Despite recommendation, in 2013 the scheme was rejected by councillors. The application was called in by The Mayor of London where, in November 2013, consent was granted.

Project Team

  • Rock Townsend Architects
  • Stockwool
  • Developer:
  • London Diocesan Board of Schools
  • Telford Homes
  • Planning Authority: London Borough of Hackney

    Development Data

    Site size (ha): 0.45
    Date of completion: 01/2016
    Schedule of accommodation: 10x1B2P; 5x2B3P; 42x2B4P; 24x3B5P apartments
    Tenure mix: 100% private sale to cross subsidise new school
    Size of typical home: 74
    Parking spaces: 4

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