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Plough Yard Development’s Shoreditch scheme approved

By James Wallace - Thursday, July 04, 2013 10:07

Plough Yard Development’s multi-million pound regeneration of a 2.5 acre site in Shoreditch was granted planning consent last night.

The Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will designed scheme will transform a significant, disused site in Hackney into a mixed use scheme.

The development will comprise 385 residential units from studios to penthouse apartments all with balconies or roof terraces in a 40-storey residential tower building, which also provides a gym, private cinema and business facilities.

Two office buildings totalling 250,000 sq ft will serve the technology media and telecommunications sector and 50,000 sq ft of retail space, cafés and restaurants will serve residents and visitors alike.  Despite not being required due to high archaeological costs, 40 affordable housing units will be provided off site, delivered by Family Mosaic.

The scheme’s centrepiece will be a showcase of London’s second oldest Shakespearean playhouse, the 16th Century Curtain Theatre – where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed, which was discovered during archaeological investigations in 2011. 

The theatre and related finds will be excavated, preserved and exhibited in a 13,000 sq ft space including a 164-seat indoor auditorium, all designed by Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, the firm behind the interior architecture of the recently launched Mary Rose Museum and Siemens’ The Crystal exhibition centre.  

Externally, a 200-seat outdoor performance space will link to a new, 1.3 acre open square that will be brought to life with shops, bars, cafés and restaurants.

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