Waugh Thistleton Architects

Woodberry Down 1


Hackney, London




Berkeley Homes


£3 million

RIBA workstages

Post planning to Completion

In collaboration with Hackney Council and leading house builder, Berkeley Homes, we played a key role in setting the environmental agenda for the redevelopment of one of the largest housing estate developments in Britain.

The Woodberry Down estate spans a total of 64 acres, next to 42 acres of open water, the New River and West and East Reservoirs, in Manor House. The process of demolishing 1,980 homes and rebuilding over 5,500 is scheduled across eight phases over a period of 20 years.

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Our 5 storey building marked in yellow


Our brief was to redesign a five storey CLT residential block for the second phase of the masterplan. As the first CLT scheme on site, our objective was to create an exemplar project to encourage adoption of CLT construction in both the coming phases of the regeneration, and throughout Berkeley Home’s development portfolio.


The 19 apartments were built in five weeks, far exceededing the client’s expectations in terms of speed and efficiency. The builiding demonstrates how timber can be used by mass housing developers on projects such as Woodberry Down.