Broadway Market – London, UK

2017 – Planning

Delvendahl Martin Architects have achieved planning consent for three schemes at Broadway Market in Hackney, All three proposals fall within the Broadway Market Conservation Area, which contains building types and styles that have special architectural and historic interest. Each proposal recognises this and endeavours to enhance the mixed character of the area.

Broadway Market is a vibrant area, lined with two and three storey properties that have a variety of commercial uses on the ground floor and which is pedestrianized on Saturdays. Delvendahl Martin’s proposal for 16 Broadway Market includes roof top and rear extensions to the existing property, partial demolition of the ground and lower ground floor retail unit and refurbishment to the existing retail unit to the front.

Parallel to the main street, Broadway Market Mews, is largely occupied by local businesses, shops and a strong artist’s community that has been in the area for a couple of decades. The proposal for 6 Broadway Market Mews includes refurbishment of the existing workshop on the ground floor and a first floor extension to create a new studio flat. Similarly, the proposal for units 1&2 Broadway Market Mews includes refurbishment of the existing workshops on the ground floor and a first floor extension to create two new studio flats.

The approach for each scheme was to generate a shape which would maximise daylight penetration into the interior spaces, with the use of skylights, as well as minimising the impact in terms of overshadowing and overlooking on the adjacent properties. The resulting proposals, therefore, have characterful roof lines that allude to the working history of the Mews, moving away from the residential brick boxes being built in the area.

Each scheme retains the existing brick plinth structure and proposes a lightweight timber frame extension, exposed to the interior, and clad in light grey standing seam metal. The sloping planes and set backs aim to minimise the sense of enclosure to surrounding properties whilst providing a surface for a sedum green roof, giving a pleasant view to the adjacent properties and softening the impact of development. These proposals expand upon ideas explored in Delvendahl Martin Architects’ earlier extension to the adjacent ‘Fabrications’ design studio and shop, and collectively establish a new vernacular language across Broadway Market.