Hackney Wick and Fish Island
Location: London Borough of Hackney
Date: 2009 - 2012
Client: Design for London, London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Tower Hamlets & Olympic Park Legacy Company
Hackney Wick and Fish Island is located immediately west of the site of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has been identified as a key component of the ‘Olympic Fringe’. These areas adjacent to the Olympic site are integral to the vision that the Legacy of the 2012 Olympics will fundamentally improve conditions - physical, social and economic - across East London. In response to this, J & L Gibbons in collaboration with muf architecture | art prepared design guidance to specifically address the significant period of change from 2010 to 2014.

HWFI is an area of extraordinary contrasts, of social housing and Registered Social Landlords, light and heavy industry, artist communities both established and new, 2 annual festivals, canals and ruderal landscapes and both historic fabric and sites in flux. The elevated level of interest generated by the Olympic and Paralympic games led to significant investment in the public realm with projects delivered by the Local Authorities, the ODA, the Thames Gateway Partnership alongside the prospect of a great deal of activity on the part of the private sector.
The guidance does not replace existing borough street scape guidance rather it draws upon it and develops a robust shared palette, site specific to the existing situation but that can accommodate change in the future. All elements have been agreed with the boroughs thus making it easier for designers to understand what is possible and encourage design thinking within parameters that are sensitive to the assets that already exist.


Architects: muf architecture/art
Structural and civils Engineer: Stockleys
Cost consultant: Sweett Group
Project management: Capita Consulting

Photography: © J & L Gibbons