L-R: Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs, Sir Peter Hendy CBE (LLDC/Network Rail), Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, Jonathan Fox (TFL)
Hackney Wick Station has reopened following a multi-million pound overhaul, much to the delight of residents and local businesses.
A key transport hub at the intersection of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, the new station was the result of an ambitious jointly-funded project by Tower Hamlets Council, Hackney Council, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC) and Network Rail.
Tower Hamlets Council invested £1m, taken from money obtained from developers as a condition of planning permission for schemes in other parts of the borough.
Last week, Mayor John Biggs joined colleagues from partner organisations to officially declare the station open.
Guests were given a tour of the new site which includes an expansive ticket hall, wide stairs, a new lift, as well as a pedestrian walkway providing a direct link between Wallis Road in Hackney to White Post Lane in Tower Hamlets.
The exciting look was designed and delivered by Landolt Brown. In a nod to the industrial and creative heritage of the area, the architects used bare concrete and rusted metal throughout while also keeping a prominent street art mural intact on the main wall facing the station.
The investment is just one strand of an ongoing programme of work in and around Hackney Wick and Fish Island.
The former industrial area has been given a new lease of life in recent years and is now home to some 250 artist studios and around 100 creative businesses.
However, the community has faced significant pressure as a result of land development.
Earlier this year, as part of the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone programme, Tower Hamlets Council and Hackney Council submitted a joint bid in partnership with the LLDC aimed at protecting and strengthening the established creative community in the area.
In March it was announced that the bid had won a spot on Sadiq Khan’s shortlist. Work is now ongoing to put together a clear action plan with the ultimate winners to be announced before the end of the year.
Speaking after his visit, Mayor Biggs said: “Hackney Wick Station is a vital part of the transport infrastructure for residents in the north east of our borough and I’m delighted the council was able to contribute £1m to its redevelopment.
“The new and improved station stands as a symbol of our commitment to the residents and businesses in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. It is just the start of an exciting programme of measures aimed at delivering new homes and desirable workspaces while protecting the fantastic creative sector at the heart of the community.
“It’s also a sign of the growing importance of this corner of our borough, which is experiencing post-Olympic regeneration as well as population and economic growth. Long ago it was an industrial backwater. Now it is a growing hub in the life of the East End.”
Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Regeneration and Air Quality, added: “It is no surprise that the area around Hackney Wick and Fish Island has become a sought-after location for developers and with this great new station that will only increase.
“While their interest should be welcomed, we must also recognise it presents challenges for existing residents and businesses who fear they may be priced out of their homes, offices and studios.
“We are determined to do all we can to offer protection to those groups, to ensure that regeneration is fair, in the interests of the community and the benefits of growth are shared. Our innovative Creative Enterprise Zone bid is just one of the ways we are working to deliver on these commitments.”
Posted on Monday 4th June 2018