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Ramsgate Street 1
Ramsgate Street 2
Ramsgate Street 3
Ramsgate Street 4

Location

Hackney, London

Status

Completed
2010

Client

Telford Homes

Ramsgate Street was a flagship project for the regeneration of Dalston, and its unique design features make it one of Hackney’s key architectural landmarks

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Credit: Jane Smith illustration

APPROACH

A vanguard project in the move towards onsite energy generation, the building is designed to produce electricity; its form is fundamental to its performance.

We worked closely with consultants at Cambridge Wind Research to hone the shape of the building, which acts as an aerofoil, directing wind to the spine of the building where four turbines are located.

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Wind analysis of the shape of the building

Developed in partnership with Quiet Revolution to ensure minimum sound disturbance, the helical turbines produce a third of the building’s electricity, far exceeding London’s onsite renewables target.

DESIGN

Clad in white glazed tiles, to deflect the northern light, the unimposing, streamlined 14-storey tower sits on a four-storey plinth that aligns with the surrounding urban context. In response to the affordable housing needs of the area it provides a mix of residential provision totaling 66 apartments, including family-sized homes.

RESULT

The building won the backing of Hackney Council, CABE and the GLA, making it the first tower to receive planning in Dalston’s existing low-level urban landscape.