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Mixed-use scheme approved for Hackney Road

Words: Laura Edgar
Hacnkey Road / Buckley Gray Yeoman and Regal London

Tower Hamlets Council has granted planning permission for a mixed-use development that will provide an LGBTQ+ venue on the site, following the closure of The Joiners Arms pub in 2015.

The car-free scheme, which will be delivered at 114 to 150 Hackney Road, also comprises a hotel, nearly 40,000 square foot of flexible office space, nine apartments, retail and food and beverage space at ground level, plus public realm improvements such as wider pedestrian footpaths and encouragement of sustainable transport modes.

It has been designed by architects Buckley Gray Yeoman and will be delivered by developer Regal London. Montagu Evans acted as the planning consultant.

A statement from Regal London explains that the first 18 months of the LGBTQ+ venue’s lease will be provided rent-free and funds will be set aside by the developer to ensure that a temporary pop-up venue is operational for patrons during construction. The construction phase should create at least 35 local apprenticeships.

Additionally, Regal London will provide £100,000 in funding towards the fit-out and set-up of a temporary off-site venue within the Tower Hamlets borough during the building phase. Another £138,000 will be contributed to the operation of the permanent venue post-construction. An affordable housing contribution will also be made by Regal London.

It is expected that once operational, the hotel and retail components of the scheme will provide almost 300 new jobs.

The development includes part-demolition, part-retention and part-extension of existing buildings, as well as the creation of new buildings.

Steve Harrington, planning director at Regal London, said: “The Hackney Road scheme is truly a unique and pioneering mixed-use proposal that will deliver a host of benefits to the area. From careful and extensive stakeholder engagement to creative and innovative design, the work by all concerned so far has been exemplary. We particularly want to recognise the work of all at Tower Hamlets Council alongside the mayor of London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé in helping to drive the positive outcomes that have been secured.

“We are also extremely proud to have played our part in restoring an iconic venue for the LGBTQ+ community as part of this unique development. This important work demonstrates how we can deliver transformational projects while at the same time protecting London’s local heritage.”

Image credit | Buckley Gray Yeoman and Regal London