Fairbank Estate Hoxton N1
Lynch Architects are working with Hackney Council, as part of their Housing Supply Programme, on the design of 73 new homes at the Fairbank Estate in Hoxton. The site includes an area at the base of an 18 storey 1960s tower, Thaxted Court, on the corner of Murray Grove and East Road in Hoxton, currently occupied by a 2 story car park structure. The problem of the integration of 1960s towers into a hospitable street scape seems to be a recurring theme in our work at the moment. We lived and worked in Hoxton during the '90s and ‘00s and are very familiar with the problems that arise from the non-determinate landscapes around its modernist housing blocks, some of which provide accommodation of a very high standard. Our aim is to learn from these examples, and to contribute to the existing and emerging urban conditions. We propose to 'ground' the neighbouring buildings in a legible urban form made up of 3 new residential blocks of similar height, situated in a sequence of courtyards and gardens designed in collaboration with Muf art/architecture and Robert Bray Associates. Planning consent was granted in February 2021. Construction is expected to start on site in autumn 2021, and will be complete in 2024.