Ivy Waterside, Orsman Road, Hackney
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London N1
City & Suburban Homes

pH+ Architects

Project Manager:

This mixed-use development includes three commercial units and 55 apartments in a five-storey concrete frame structure on piled foundations. The site was originally used as a haulage yard with diesel tanks which had leaked below ground. Mason Navarro Pledge worked with architects pH+ and City and Suburban Homes to coordinate soil testing, removal, filling and capping; liaising with the local authority throughout the process.

Approval to demolish existing buildings depended on test results, but soil testing could only take place after demolition.  This potential hurdle was resolved by MNP engineers working closely with the architect and the local authority.

The new apartments enhance the location with a carefully engineered structure of gabion walls, pre-planted off-site with ivy, clematis and honeysuckle. Roof gardens are accessible to residents and the whole building will be haven for birds and other wildlife.

Time saving details included off-site manufacture of copper-clad wall panels, and gabion wall frames being assembled with handrails already built into the design.

Every private apartment sold within three hours at the launch event.