The Norton Folgate site, comprising three urban blocks, falls within the Elder Street Conservation Area and occupies a prominent position on the city fringe between the City of London and Shoreditch. While the Conservation Area is small, there are dramatic changes in character from one street to the next. The masterplan has been developed to respond to this mixed character, bringing vacant or underused buildings back into use and reconnecting and enhancing the public realm. Rather than applying a blanket strategy, the masterplan takes a building-by-building approach to the retained existing buildings, including restoration, refurbishment, extension, remodelling and some facade retention, as well as introducing sensitively designed new buildings in a palette of materials including brick, selected for its robustness, quality and appropriateness to the Conservation Area’s character. The masterplan responds to the opportunity to increase employment, improve the environment and reconnect the site with the surrounding area. The office component will provide a range of different office types and floor plate sizes to attract a range of tenants from more mature firms to startups and local small and medium sized businesses, and will appeal to the burgeoning tech and creative industries in the Spitalfields and Shoreditch area. The new public realm will enhance the tight network of existing streets and the busy roads of Shoreditch High Street and Commercial Street; three new yard spaces will draw on the character of the surrounding historic blocks, while active frontages at ground will animate the new yards and open space. AHMM is masterplanner and lead architect, designing three buildings within the masterplan, with Stanton Williams, Morris + Company and DSDHA designing the other three buildings.

Shoreditch, London
British Land

The Building Awards 2024 Shortlist 10.07.24

World Architecture Festival Awards 2024 Shortlist 08.07.24

Norton Folgate shortlisted for a 2024 Brick Award 02.07.24

British Construction Industry Awards Shortlist 2024 27.06.24

The Alder Centre wins WAFX category prize 09.10.18

Latest awards acclaim 08.07.16

Update on the Blossom Street masterplan 11.05.16

Mayor of London approves revised plans for Blossom Street 18.01.16

New images of revised Blossom Street Masterplan released 26.11.15

A letter regarding Blossom Street 04.09.15

A short film about Norton Folgate and Blossom Street 15.07.15

New images of Blossom Street released 12.02.15