Terracotta clad residencial block and 14 story tower with a west-facing living wall
The five-storey V-shaped block terminates in a 14 storey tower. The 97, mostly double-aspect, affordable and social rented flats are a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom flats. This mix includes duplex flats and family units at lower level, with 10 per cent suitable for disabled residents.
The building's terracotta rainscreen, which gives the development a distinct identity, is made using use three slightly different standard tile colours, ranging from ochre to orange with lighter tile colours used for the courtyard elevations.
The west face of the tower is covered with a 220m2 living wall, that inclines three degrees from the vertical and extends from the sixth floor roof terrace to the top of the tower. The development also contains 350m2 of undulating sedum beds on the sixth floor, a biomass boiler, communal heating,
All windows are framed by aluminium pods that help to form tidy connections with the EPDM waterproofing and the breather membrane. Windows looking on to the railway are double-glazed, as everywhere else, but have thicker glass to keep noise out.
- Begun: Sep 2009
- Completed: Nov 2011
- Floor area: 7,944m2
- Sector: Residential
- Total cost: £21M
- Procurement: Design & Build
- Address: Digby Road, Hackney, London, E9 6HX, United Kingdom
- Green roof: Aldingbourne Nurseries
- Living wall: Aldingbourne Nurseries
- Terracotta rainscreen: NBK Ceramic
- Aluminium windows: BR Hodgson
- Petrarch cladding panels: CEP Claddings
- Plant room doors: Sunray Engineering
- External Doors: JCK Joinery
- Double glazing: AWS Turner Fain
- Entrance facade: Ketley Staffordshire brown brindle bricks