Neptune Wharf at Fish Island Village, 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 2.23 hectare mixed-use development on the site of a disused distribution warehouse. Fronting the Hertford Union Canal in Hackney Wick, east London, the phased scheme comprises a total of 588 new dwellings and hosts over 5500sqm 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.

Building on the creativity of the HWFI area, The Trampery will occupy the commercial space and deliver a new campus of studios, facilities and social spaces for creative industry, bringing together talented fashion designers and entrepreneurs. These 70 studios, will be focused on design and small-scale manufacturing. A fabrication suite will enable sustainable Research and Development, whilst facilities will be discounted for residents.

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.

The last three blocks in Phase 3 of Fish Island Village are complete with tenants moving in, and workspace being let. These blocks round off the residential elements of the development and the sequence of buildings fronting the canal.

“No doubt about it, the people moving in to these homes are the winners: this coherent, civic and walkable new neighbourhood will be an attractive place to live ” Veronica Simpson, Blueprint


Peabody and Hill Partnership

Project Manager


Structural Engineer


Services Engineer

DW Pointer and Emersons

Landscape Architect


Picture Credits

Fred Howarth, Kilian O'Sullivan, Marc Sethi, JC Candanedo

2020 — Evening Standard New Homes Awards, Grand Prix: Fish Island Village
2020 — Evening Standard New Homes Awards, Best Large Development: Fish Island Village
2019 — Planning Awards: Excellence in Placemaking at High Densities: Hackney Wick Fish Island Retrospective Masterplan

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