Another high-rise in the heart of Hackney

Tall building of flats and shops proposed for a Dalston site close to transport

A TEN-FLOOR building is planned for Martel Place, at the E8 2LX entrance to the car park behind the Kingsland Centre shopping mall.

Under the scheme 69-76 Dalston Lane and the vacant land behind the Martel Place hoarding would become a huge development that would be home to 119 flats, ranging from one to four-bedroom homes, with shops and offices on the ground floor.

The building would be grey and white, and according to the planning application to Hackney council, “will be a landmark building…representing a commitment to sustainability”.
Waugh Thistleton [the firm of architects that also designed the Kinetica “flat iron” in nearby Ramsgate Street] has designed this building to be at the forefront of our understanding of sustainable construction”.

That “understanding” apparently causes the application to use phrases such as “would wish to explore the opportunities for this to be considered… possible use of grey water… we shall ensure the (sic) all the landscape sustainable measures are explored… we will explore the use of green roofs”.

What firm commitment is there to sustainability? The plans suggest thatphotovoltaic cells will be fitted to the building. Parking space are stipulated for 120 bicycles (one bike per household) and a small number of cars. A mention of “biodiversity” refers to water-recycling.

The project was put to the council last month March 2011 by Maurice Investments, of Finchley, London N12 0BT. Companies House records show similarly named companies such as Maurice Investments (Brighton) with boards comprising directors with a common surname, some of whom also serve on a company called Dalston Lane Properties Ltd that uses the same Finchley address.

David Altheer 080511

* Update: In late 2014 clearing of the site started, picture below, allowing either for work to start on the latest approved design or for the site to be sold to a developer.Demolition of light-industrial building just SW of Martell Pl nr Kingsland Shopping Centre car park Hackney E8 291114 © david.altheer@gmail

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This story was followed up by a local newspaper several days later with a posting on its website

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