Named in honour of the building’s longest-standing tenant, R Green Fisheries, The Fisheries in Hackney was built in the mid 1880s and, amongst other things, was used to process potatoes, make cloth and even manufacture hats. It was acquired in 1987 by Warner Cox and over the past 24 months has been sympathetically redeveloped into a number of individual, high-spec, contemporary apartments that pay homage to the building’s industrial past.
PBC was appointed to monitor the project on behalf of the funder, United Trust Bank, which included the project approval report prior to first draw-down and then subsequent monthly site inspections and interim reports over the development period.
The development was acquired through a construction management arrangement, whereby individual contracts were managed by the developer, with the foundation groundworks and concrete frame package carried out by one contractor. The use of post tensioned concrete floor structures meant that design coordination for services distribution was essential at the start of the project, and needed subsequent close management by the development team. In addition, following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, an upgrade of the external envelope specification and construction details was needed, and this was completed to the satisfaction of the building control officer and London Fire Brigade.
The attention to detail, and the desire by Warner Cox to make sure the development reflected the semi-industrial warehouse heritage of the site and surrounding area, has created a building that doesn’t just look good, but if feels good too. Sitting above a commercial space designed specifically to house a vibrant community of small, entrepreneurial and creative businesses, the 31 individual flats have large terraces and Juliette balconies, handmade kitchens, reclaimed parquet flooring, sandblasted concrete ceilings, exposed brickwork and floor-to-ceiling windows, making them both modern yet traditional. There are also six sky houses on the roof.
With the development now completed, The Fisheries is sure to be popular with young and lively people drawn to the area by its central location, dynamic lifestyle and open spaces.