Hawkins\Brown is pleased to announce that the London Legacy Development Corporation has granted planning for Plot NO6 at East Village, a significant development within the flagship build-to-rent neighbourhood, on behalf of Get Living.
Alongside 524 new rental homes, Get Living’s new planning consent includes the provision of new commercial space as part of the post-Olympic legacy delivery phase, and captures the latest thinking in terms of the Build to Rent market.
The new homes will increase Get Living’s London portfolio to nearly 4,000 units, comprising 2,100 homes currently under management and 482 units under construction – including over 1,400 build to rent homes at East Village, the former Athletes’ Village for the 2012 Olympics. The village has now been transformed into a destination neighbourhood, with carefully curated social infrastructure and more than 25 independent shops, bars and restaurants.
Seth Rutt, Partner at Hawkins\Brown said:
“The Build to Rent sector is developing quickly in the UK – and that means accepted norms for best practice are still being established. We’re especially pleased that our client has taken a leap of faith with us to develop a socially connected building with a focus on communal space and interaction. This isn’t intended as a vanilla apartment building – we want to build a community that lives works and plays together.”
Hawkins\Brown’s design focuses on a socially unified building, to encourage interaction between residents and promote extended tenancies. Two towers, at 26 and 31 storeys, and two ten-storey pavilions have been merged into a single organism connected by a high level inhabited skybridge. The skybridge layer provides generous shared amenity space, which includes communal dining, screening room, wellness studio, meeting space and informal working – which in turn opens out onto two generous roof gardens with fantastic views over the Queen Elizabeth Park and the Village. The amenity layer forms the beating heart of the building and every apartment is connected to it via a single internal lift journey.
At ground floor, a Superlobby provides concierge, informal working and an automated e-commerce delivery/collection facility. The ground floor commercial offer will be carefully developed by Get Living to work symbiotically with the apartments above.
The apartments, comprising a range of studios, one, two and three-bedroom sizes will be available in three brand tiers to suit different tastes and budgets.
The building is respectful to the established East Village architecture with a precast facade grid – while adding joy with a nuanced palette of coloured glass panels.