The site is located just outside Aldgate, the old Roman and medieval gate to the city of London. In the 19th century, the residential area of Haydon Square was cleared to make way for Haydon Goodsyard, one of the main railway termini bringing goods from the docklands into the City of London. The Haydon Square development seeks to redevelop the entire site.

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Project Details

CLIENT: Beetham Organization/The Guinness Partnership
DATE: 2013–2022
STATUS: Detailed Planning
SIZE: 506 residential units (215 affordable + 291), replacing 194 existing affordable units

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ACME: João Brás, Rodrigo Canizares, Lizy Huyghe, Paula Ibarrondo, Friedrich Ludewig, Álvaro Madrazo Bohigas, Paolo Moretto, Sara Poza, Jan Saggau, Boni Yuen

After the war, the station fell out of use, until an affordable housing development with 194 flats was constructed in 1982 by the Guinness Trust. In the spirit of the time, the housing development was set back from the street, with no activation of the ground plane and of relatively low density and poor build quality. The site’s current condition is symptomatic of many post-war inner city housing developments, an area of neglect and impermeability within a vibrant city centre context.

The Haydon Square development seeks to redevelop the entire site. Through careful phasing of new buildings, it is possible to offer new relocation flats to all existing residents in the first two phases.

All new flats will be offered at the same rent as existing contracts, but will be larger, have winter gardens and increased amenity spaces.

All roof spaces will be made accessible to all existing residents, with barbecue areas, ball courts and allotments, and a rooftop halo links the two new affordable blocks to ensure that a true community can emerge between the two new blocks for existing residents.

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