Woodberry Down Kickstart Site 3 Hackney

The Woodberry Down regeneration scheme is one of the most exciting mixed community, self-funding developments in London.


Client: Berkeley Homes (North East London)

Services: Buildings, Advisory & Planning

Architect: Stock Woolstencroft

Value: £95m


Woodberry Down KSS3 comprises three large residential blocks, with one extending to a 30-storey tower. A large car park and utility basement sits under Blocks 1 and 2 and also passes under a public highway, complete with tree pits. A small sub block of apartments was built using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction. This was 5 storeys and included bolt on steel framed balconies.

The main challenges included the design and stability of the 30-storey tower and the basement.

The tower includes twin, externally glazed high-speed scenic lifts and unusual projecting balconies. At the upper levels the building steps in to form duplex penthouse suites. These special features, together with the height, led to an extended coordination process and several design iterations before the final shape and design could be resolved.

In the basement, in addition to the car park, plant rooms and cycle stores, a leisure complex and swimming pool were also included under the tower block section. This was achieved without the need to introduce a transfer structure between the two. Pool filtration, drainage and other services had to be carefully coordinated at basement level. A Sainsbury’s Local store was also located at ground floor level, above the leisure complex.