East architects with Hans van der Heijden have won the competition to design two new Council housing projects on the Frampton Park estate in Hackney.

These are the two latest sites to be developed in Hackney Council’s Housing Supply Programme. The initiative aims to build more than 400 Council homes – around 70% of which will be for social rent and shared ownership – on 14 infill sites focusing on underused Council land such as garages, car parks and depots.

The two stage competition asked for a design for approximately 50 units on the site of the current Frampton Park Community Hall, as well as around 15 homes on the sites around Tradescant House, a tall 1960s tower.

East and Hackney Council will be working alongside the local community at the Frampton Park estate from this summer to develop these initial concept proposals into detailed designs.

Judith Lösing, director of East said:

In our competition design we wanted to offer a building that positively responds to the ambiguity of the estate in terms of fronts and backs, and public and communal areas.

We are proposing an open, perforated block with four faces addressing all surrounds. The new building meets directly with the blank end of an existing residential slab building, matching its width and height, and extends it to form a single larger block and courtyard made with new and existing buildings. 

At its centre of the new building sits an intimate oval courtyard which gives access to all new homes. This creates a sequence of open, but sheltered communal spaces for the new residents and enables all flats to be double or triple aspect.

We designed the homes so that every room is a good room for living, offering a flexibility of use. The communal balcony, a generous hall, a ‘good’ room and a private balcony are arranged as an enfilade to create homes that can be open or private as required in different situations, and allows for adaptations in the future.