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Location

Hackney, London

Status

Construction
2018

Client

Garfwish Limited

Budget

£9.4 million

RIBA workstages

Planning to Completion

Pitfield Street combines the restoration of a derelict cinema with the provision of new commercial and residential accommodation for Hackney.

APPROACH

Following close consultation with the local community, and planners, the scheme combines the reconstruction of the original 1914 Gaumont façade with the construction of a contemporary black-brick, green-roofed building.

DESIGN

The design consists of two distinct elements, a solid concrete ground level to accommodate the three-screen cinema, and an acoustically insulated CLT upper residential element, with a stepped western elevation providing gardens and balconies. A lightweight zinc-clad pavilion makes a modern extension to the heritage façade whilst minimising the visual impact on neighbouring buildings.

RESULT

The new Curzon cinema is due to open in spring 2018. As well as returning an important resource to the Shoreditch community, Pitfield Street is a signature project in our research and practical application of CLT.