Shoreditch’s skyline will be undergoing a massive change in the next decade.
Developments of brownfield sites and areas around Shoreditch High St will mean more high-rise towers; luxury apartments and retail/business opportunities will be popping up.
Some of these developments have already happened while some are in the process of being planning and granted planning permission by local councils. They are:
The Stage: The Stage will be a forty-storey tower plus surrounding plaza. It will include 385 homes as well as retail and business units. It’s been named as such because it will be built over the remains of one of London’s earliest theatres, possibly where Romeo and Juliet was first staged. Fret not Shakespeare lovers the remains of the theatre will be preserved and a visitor centre as well as a small theatre will be added.
Principal Place: A fifty-storey tower with 243 apartments and a 15-storey office complex will sit on the junction of Worship St and Shoreditch High St. It will be the same height as its neighbour, Broadgate Tower.
Avant Garde: This tower, which was recently completed on Bethnal Green Road, houses 257 apartments as well as a penthouse near the £3 million mark. It has sold well so far but has been nominated for an award that celebrates bad architecture, The Carbuncle Cup.
Shoreditch Village: The old and unused car park round the back of Village Underground will be put to many different uses. New homes, offices, retail units, food/drink establishments will be built as well as a market.
The Goodsyard: This is the largest development of the plot and as of yet no actual building has occurred. Formerly known, as Bishopgates Goods Yard the development will add 3.7 million sq. ft. of retail and office space as well as 2,000 new homes.
These developments combined will be bigger than the redevelopment of the Olympic athletes village into the residential East Village in Stratford. Where the East Village has 2,800 residential units these developments will have upwards of 3,000.
The fact that there is much talk of other parts of London undergoing ‘Shoreditchfication’ and it’s culture spreading fast, doesn’t make it any less susceptible to change. Who doesn’t need more coffee shops anyway?