Gillett Square, Hackney, London

Delivered On The Ground 2006

Landscape Architecture

“Gillett Square is a genuine community asset. It provides an accessible outlet for this area’s abundant creative talents.”

Gillett Square was the first of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s 100 new spaces for London. It was a key component of the regeneration of Hackney and the wider Olympic masterplan. It responds to the diverse functions of public space in encouraging interaction and entertainment, as well as creating a refuge for contemplation and chance encounters.

Formally opened in November 2006, Gillett Square is a simple, hardwearing and flexible urban space for Dalston. It is bordered by the Dalston Culture House - home of the Vortex Jazz Club, the Bradbury Street Workspace and a number of small retail units. These have been developed and are managed by Hackney Co-operative Developments

Gillett Square is a genuine community asset. It provides an accessible outlet for this area’s abundant creative talents and energy, promotes social cohesion, invites cultural exchange and education, and presents market opportunities. The process behind the building of Gillett Square, its current usage and prospects, are the foundations upon which a remarkable transformation is taking place in Dalston.

At the time Urban Logic’s Director Ian J Vincent’s input included developed design, detailed design, construction drawings and technical specification leading on to the preparation of the planning application and contract tender drawings.

 At the time project consultants were Whitelaw Turkington

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