The Nightingale Estate, part of Hackney's Estate Regeneration Programme was granted planning permission. The project will deliver 400 high quality new homes across a range of tenures, a new community facility and new public realm for the entire neighbourhood.
The project is a collaboration between Karakusevic Carson Architects, Henley Halebrown, Stephen Taylor Architects and Townshend Landscape Architects. The team adopted an integrated approach to the design of public realm and housing centred on the creation of new neighbourhood streets, residential entrance courts and a generous of dual-aspect homes. The proposals will stitch the Nightingale neighbourhood into its wider context, enhancing the connection to Hackney Downs and improving permeability within the estate.
A public realm strategy was prepared for integrating the new development into the context of the existing estate. The aim was to create a legible public realm across the entire estate to provide a place that responds to the needs of the current residents and the new development, and one that helps to foster and build on the existing neighbourhood feel. Townshend Landscape Architects led the public realm approach to develop local-led ideas with the Nightingale Residents, which were then incorporated into the developing strategy. This aim was to help reinforce a sense of ownership and in turn reinforce the strong sense of community that exists on the estate.