Last night we were delighted to secure unanimous support for our £130 million mixed-use regeneration project, Equipment Works on Blackhorse Road.
In partnership with landowners, Parkdale Investments, this regeneration project will deliver 337 new homes, 24% of which are affordable, and 1,750sqm/ 18,830 sq ft of commercial floorspace less than 150 metres from Blackhorse Road station.
There are a number of exciting developments coming forward in the local area, and our project lies at the heart of the council’s overall masterplan which aims to deliver 2,500 new homes and over 1,000 new jobs in the next 10 years. Breathing new life into a former industrial site, Equipment Works will provide much needed new homes and space for local enterprise. The workspace within Equipment Works has been designed to suit the needs of start-ups and small businesses, with smaller flexible units and co-working space for growing businesses.
Equipment Works was the original home of the Associated Equipment Company Factory which manufactured motorised London buses on site until 1927. These prototypes went on to inspire the design of the Routemaster bus. We’ve worked hard to retain and reference the heritage of the site, with DLA Architects designing a scheme that reflects some of the original architectural features.
The homes and commercial space will be set within a beautifully landscaped environment that encourages public access and provides the missing link between neighbouring schemes. A new public square will sit at the heart of the scheme and landscape architects Farrer Huxley Associates have ensured the planting will increase biodiversity to create a rich, textured and diverse landscape.
In August we’ll be opening a meanwhile community project, Blackhorse Sideshow on site in partnership with Blackhorse Workshops. This new public space, which will be open until the end of the year, will be dedicated to ‘making and mending’, with open access to fully equipped metal and wood workshops and support from trained technicians. The site will also have a new café which will increase access and provide welcome amenity space for the local community.