* UPDATE June 2016: the plan below was dropped. Criterion presented its Kingsland plans at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church Street N16 OJR on Tues 25 Feb 2014, a pre-application meeting. The article below was written in July 2013 and refers to the previous plans. To summarise, Criterion plans for this site are in disarray and Hackney council is more than a little discombobulated
HERE ARE pictures of the proposed new Kingsland Shopping Centre, as announced in summer 2013. Yes, the blot on the townscape in the heart of Dalston is at last taking shape, and these pictures show the multimillion pound proposals of site owner Criterion Capital and architect Andrew (“Windmill”) Waugh, of Shoreditch firm Waugh Thistleton.
A Criterion spokesman said: “The plans would see the phased regeneration of the outdated mall, replacing it with a new network of pedestrianised shopping streets. The proposals include a mix of different-sized shops at ground-floor level, new homes above and stunning new town squares and green spaces.
“The current car park would be maintained underneath the new development.”
Criterion said the proposals were trailed in local media this year.
Michael Hughes, Criterion head of development, added: “We’re in discussion with local groups… We will create exceptional permanent green and open spaces as well as deliver new shops suitable for high-street names and local independent shops alike.
“We want this regeneration to be distinctly Dalston.”
His spokesman said that the phased development would start with the regeneration of what is known as the Eastern Curve, the car-free route linking Dalston Junction to Martel Place, and the creation of permanent green and open spaces, allowing for restaurants and cafes to line the Curve.
The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden had been consulted about landscaping. Waugh said: “We are consulting with the community to create a unique development.”
David Altheer 090713
* Criterion public consultation and exhibition, Kingsland Shopping Centre, High Street entrance, Dalston E8 2LX, Fri 19 July 2013, 2pm-7pm; Sat 20 July 2013, 11am-2pm.
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