Fish Island Village Phases 1 and 2, 2020

336 units within the Peabody development, on Hertford Union Canal in east London

Located in one of the ‘Olympic Fringe’ neighbourhoods, Fish Island Village is a 2.85 hectare mixed-use development on the site of a disused distribution warehouse. Fronting the Hertford Union Canal in Fish Island, east London, the scheme comprises a total of 596 new dwellings and hosts over 5000sqm of flexible and affordable commercial space. As masterplanner to the development, Haworth Tompkins have been working with Peabody and Hill to design 13 of the 17 blocks within Phases 1 & 2, which include a mix of private, affordable rent and shared ownership one, two, and three-bedroom apartments and maisonettes. Pitman Tozer have designed the three blocks forming the Monier Road tranche of the scheme whilst Lyndon Goode have designed the pavilion block fronting a new public square.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Fish Island and nearby Hackney Wick were predominantly industrial areas served by an impressive network of canals and characterised by brick and concrete warehouse buildings. Today, the area has one of the highest densities of fine artists, designers and artisans in Europe, many of which have converted these existing buildings into studio spaces of various types and sizes.

Fish Island Village seeks to nurture and grow the existing creative community by providing flexible commercial space including workshops, maker spaces, studios, cafes and function rooms to create London’s largest new complex for creatives. Mixed tenure residential overlooking an active and independent commercial ground floor and public realm will create a unique place and sustainable neighbourhood.

The elevational treatment is ordered and rational taking its cue from its existing heritage and context; tough and robust but timeless. The choice of four brick types and use of grit blasted, acid etched and fairfaced concrete emphasise the solidity and permanence of the buildings. Windows are generous, affording good daylight to dwellings, whilst balconies are typically recessed to provide year-round usable external amenity to each home. Commercial spaces boast industrial-scale floor to ceiling heights, some of which are double-height and incorporate mezzanines echoing the unique proportions of existing spaces in Fish Island.


Peabody and Hill Partnership

Project Manager


Structural Engineer


Services Engineer

DW Pointer and Emersons

Landscape Architect


2016 — The National Housing Awards, Best Scheme in Planning shortlist: Fish Island Village