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South Marsh Community Hub, Hackney
Client : London Borough of Hackney
Value : €6.4m
This project involves the construction of new changing and community facilities at the home of grass roots football in Hackney Marshes, as part of a multi-million pound investment led by Hackney Council and the London Development Agency (LDA).
The redevelopment recognises the sporting importance of the venue and its pivotal location adjacent to the Olympic Park. The Hub has been developed after discussion with local stakeholders and consideration of the needs of users. It is designed to minimise its impact on the site and includes features to help it fit into the landscape, such as a ‘living wall’ with plants growing on a framework of rock gabions. The building is naturally ventilated, has boilers fuelled by biodiesel and a rainwater harvesting system used to supply the toilets. The project was awarded a BREEAM ‘Very good’ rating.
Works included 30 new changing facilities with provisions for disabled players, open plan teaching and office space, new spectator facilities on the first floor as well as a cafe and terrace area.