New canalside homes on Hackney Wick's Fish Island:factory bordering Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park transformed into warehouse-style flats with roof garden

Once part of a thriving industrial suburb, Fish Island is back in the spotlight thanks to the transformation of Stratford. Carpenters Wharf is a new canalside apartment scheme with a roof garden...

Developers are casting their net over Fish Island, a former industrial zone, now a “creative colony”, in Hackney Wick.

This little-known backwater, once part of a thriving industrial suburb where in 1865 the Gas Light and Coke company established a small factory town, now a conservation area, has been thrown into the spotlight by the transformation of Stratford.

For the past 20 years, the decaying 50-acre site bordering Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has offered cheap studio space to hundreds of artists, but the under-utilised land and buildings are now part of a masterplan to create a new neighbourhood with more than 5,000 homes, live-work dwellings, workshops and small business premises.

Carpenters Wharf, once a furniture and shoe making factory, is the first of the new canalside apartment schemes.

Architect Studio Egret West has picked up on the area’s industrial heritage by designing an exposed frame and timber-clad warehouse-style building with a central atrium and a residents’ roof garden.

The ground floor is given over to an exhibition space and café. Prices from £415,000. Call 020 7519 5917.


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