Wickside is currently a polluted, canal-side industrial no man’s land in Hackney, East London, a waste transfer site with no homes and just 21 jobs.  

Our masterplan, in collaboration with BUJ Architects, received planning approval in May 2018. It turns the area into a thriving, buzzing district with 500 homes and 300 jobs.

A mix of housing, commercial and community space linked by a linear park, it combines old, existing buildings with new ones, creating a syncopated urbanism of small and large buildings which take inspiration from the traditional urban form of the surrounding area.

Early on in the design process we invented the slogan that Wickside is not one place but many. The vision is for a place that people go to for one reason and stay for another.

A highly visible, gateway project, it adds momentum to the regeneration of this part of London. Key new routes link Hackney Wick to Fish Island, bridge the canal and connect to existing and future developments at Hackney Wick station.

Wickside was Overall Winner in the 2017 New London Architecture Awards.

The video above communicates our early vision for Wickside. The film created a narrative and a brief for the project, and helped all stakeholders unite behind a shared vision for the area's development.

2015 Mipim Future Project Awards

2017 New London Architecture Awards

     Overall Winner

     Mixed Use Unbuilt Winner

     Masterplans and Area Strategies Winner

Role: Architecture, master planning, public realm, landscape and design leader: Ash Sakula

Collaborator: BUJ Architects

Client: O'Shea/Galliard Homes

Site area: 3.4 hectares