As in many areas of Hackney and London’s rapidly gentrifying inner boroughs, the buildings on Eagle Wharf Road represent a mix of uses from light industrial warehouses through to social housing and newer residential and live-work developments. Our client for this project, Aldridge Security, have been owner and occupier of the plot at 32-34 Eagle Wharf Road for forty years and, to safeguard local jobs, wanted their wholesale business to remain here as well as freeing up part of their site for commercial development.
We are replacing their two existing warehouses with a new building with workspaces for creative tenants on the lower four floors, and 36 new homes to the upper storeys. Aldridge will take part of the ground and lower ground floors to retain their presence on the site. The project draws inspiration from the industrial character of the area in its materials and robust, almost monolithic, aesthetic. We chose a light yellow-grey brick for the main facades, interrupted with a dark grey metal for the small-paned, factory style windows. On the ground floor, in contrast with the bricked-up openings of the existing building, there will be full-height glazing to open up the activity of the building to passers-by at street level.