A mixed-use residential and community development including the refurbishment of the 19th century Grade II* listed church.
Address: St Mary of Eton Church, Eastway Hackney Wick, London E9 5JA
Architect: Matthew Lloyd Architects LLP
Client: Thornsett Group, with PCC of St. Mary of Eton and St. Augustine
Contractor: PJ Hegarty & Sons (UK) Ltd
About the project
St Mary of Eton in Hackney Wick is a mixed-use development around the 19thC Grade II* listed Church. The Church had fallen into severe disrepair and the brief was to develop a scheme that would enable the Church to respond to existing and emerging community need to give it a new, financially sustainable future.
The designers devised a scheme which would enable the Church to provide for community needs through the provision of new housing. The scheme includes apartments in two new buildings, the restored tower and Mission Hall, together with a new vicarage and community facilities. The new buildings make a strong urban statement enhancing the setting of the church, and are designed to express a sense of timelessness, with the elevational treatment referencing the historic details. The patterned brickwork skin wraps consistently across the whole scheme to restore the sense of a coherent whole.
The main courtyard acts as an interface between church, community and new residential uses, and the general public. The completed scheme increases the historic church building's visibility and access, with more routes, entrances, and better use of outdoor spaces. A café with folding glass doors and paved outdoor space provides a focal point.
Inclusive design principles and a welcoming public realm strategy were established during consultation with local community and the congregation. The development has enabled the Church to upgrade its facilities to be fully accessible so it can be opened up and used for meetings and exhibitions as well as worship.