Plans have been filed with Hackney Council for a 150,000 sq ft development in Shoreditch. The project, dubbed Shoreditch Village, would be built on the old car-park opposite the Tea Building, currently beloved of street artists and fashion shoots.
The redevelopment, designed by architects Ellis Miller, would be mixed-use, with offices, a hotel, and a handful of new homes, propped up by 'edgy, aspirational stores that typify the streets and culture of Shoreditch'. With construction unlikely to start until the end of next year, the nearby retail rival of Boxpark should be coming to the end of its enduring 'pop-up' tenure by the time the development is open for business.
Shoreditch Village would join nominative cousins Portman Village, Brixton Village, Connaught Village, Steele's Village, Bellenden Village, Brackenbury Village and no doubt several others in our increasingly faux-hamletised city. If anyone ever asks you for directions, tell them that Shoreditch Village is next to Shoreditch's Village Underground, which is close to Shoreditch Overground.