‘Shoreditch Village’ gets the go ahead as Hackney Council green-light the project
A space that has been largely neglected for more than three decades will finally house the long-awaited ‘Shoreditch Village’ following its successful passage through Hackney Council’s planning committee.
The project, centred around a covered marketplace opposite Shoreditch High Street Station, will host a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and shops – all of which will reflect the unique feel of the area. As with its neighbouring venue Boxpark, the Shoreditch Village development, a ten acre area positioned under the train lines, will provide space for independent and underground shops, designers and brands.
The site is currently being used to house a number of 5 and 7-a side football pitches who, as with so many areas in East London’s redevelopment belt, have been given a flexible space for a short period of time to maximise utility as work is ongoing. The transitory nature of Shoreditch’s redevelopment, as well as the speed with which the processes are taking place, has allowed a number of plots that would otherwise have been left vacant to be used for pop-up companies.
It is hoped that a number of the companies that are already serving the area will become permanent residences, with pop-up eateries Constancia and Yalla-Yalla proving massively successful at their current location. In keeping with Shoreditch’s distinct character, the venture will reflect the varying influences that have made the area so attractive to such a diverse array of interests.
Surrounded by the trendy and creative neighbourhoods of Haggerston, Hoxton and Dalston, Shoreditch marries their flair with the skill cluster gathered around ‘Silicon Rounabout’ and the financial centre of Liverpool Street. Shoreditch Village will reflect the dynamic and innovative nature of the area, as well as the changing face of East London.
Since its announcement in 2008, the technology skill cluster commonly referred to as ‘Tech City’ has seen significant regeneration in the area, bringing in household names from the technology, design and creative industries. It is hoped that the increasing sense of community that encompasses the area will now have a central focal point. Work is expected to begin by the end of the year, and concluded in the second quarter of 2015.
The project’s completion will coincide with the closure of the highly successful Boxpark venture, the first pop-up mall of its kind in the world. The ambition is for the Goodsyard development to replace this temporary, social-retail hub with a more permanent one.
With the site neighbouring the iconic Tea Building and Shoreditch High Street Station, it has the potential to become the latest addition to East London’s exciting and innovative locations.