225 City Road has been granted planning in a unanimous decision by Hackney Council. It joins White Collar Factory and The Bower as AHMM’s third tall building in the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area. The mixed use scheme will contribute towards the local employment and housing market, with the provision of a significant amount of commercial workspace and 100 private rented sector homes. These will be supported by new retail, café and restaurant uses from a shared super lobby on the ground floor and complemented by public realm improvements around the building and along City Road.
Phase 2 of the Bower is well underway towards its scheduled completion in autumn next year. The existing cladding has been removed, exposing the original 1960s concrete frame. Steelwork additions to north and south elevations will expand the original floorplates, and an interlocking section creates double-height spaces on all office floors. Existing cores are extended to service the enlarged building, and the first sections of new curtain walling will be installed in summer 2017.
Following the success of AHMM’s planning approval for Queen Victoria House in Bristol, Assembly Bristol has also been granted permission after a unanimous vote by Bristol City Council’s planning committee. Three new buildings will deliver a variety of characterful workspace across the 300,000 square foot masterplan, with public spaces and new pedestrian routes providing direct links between Temple Meads Station, the historic city centre and the retail area at Cabot Circus. Building A, the first part of the masterplan, will offer 180,000 square feet of flexible office with private external terraces, fronted by a major new public waterfront garden and floating pontoon. Cafes, bars and restaurants will ensure that Assembly Bristol becomes a vibrant part of the city.
Paul Monaghan will be participating in the LandAid Tennis Classic at this year’s MIPIM property conference in Cannes, which starts tomorrow. With his doubles partner David Mikhail of Mikhail Riches, Paul will be helping to raise money for LandAid, a charity that works to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK who experience homelessness.
Update: Paul has won the MIPIM LandAid Tennis Classic - he has already raised over £1200 for LandAid, but there’s still time to sponsor him.