A mixed tenure housing scheme with community facilities and new public realm on the Pembury Estate.
Address: Pembury Circus Pembury Road, London E8 1JG
Architect: Fraser Brown Mackenna
About the project
Pembury Circus is a mixed-tenure development of 268 new homes on the corner of the Pembury Estate in Hackney. Developed by Peabody in partnership with Bellway Homes, the scheme is a major part of an on-going estate regeneration process.
The scheme provides a setting for a successful mixed community of all ages - offering homes for older people, a nursery, a large community centre with neighbourhood management offices, shops, a new public open space and play area. The new homes and community facilities are arranged in five new buildings that respond to the varied townscape: the 'Old Pembury' Estate to the west formed of 1930's walk up blocks; 'New Pembury' to the north and east created in the 1960s; and the mid-Victorian semi-detached villas and the Pembury Tavern on Dalston Lane to the south in the Clapton Square Conservation Area.
A new community centre at the foot of the tower provides a focus for social and cultural activities for the whole neighbourhood.
The scheme is Hackney's largest car free development. Pedestrian and cycle routes were re-established through the site to connect it with local destinations such as Mare Street, Hackney Downs and local transport hubs. The designers used a variety of design strategies to create a place that offers a range of useful community facilities as well as high quality homes in a development that is legible, egalitarian and a joy to inhabit.