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Two of the principles involved in developing the new fashion hub in Hackney, Manhattan Loft Corporation and Chatham Works Limited, have launched a consultation on their vision for Chatham Works and the immediate area.
The initial phase will be held on Thursday, 25 October, at St Luke’s Church in Homerton, where residents will be able to view and discuss proposals for Hackney’s new fashion district with officials.
Their proposals are in tandem with plans being brought forward by Hackney Council and Network Rail, which are set to rejuvenate the railway arches just opposite the site on Morning Lane to create new community, educational and retail spaces. It is hoped that the development will also aid aspiring fashion students by working with fashion colleges and courses.
As reported, Hackney Council is ploughing much of the £5.3 million it received from the Mayor of London’s regeneration fund, which was earmarked for areas that suffered most from last years riots. The plan is to develop what they have called a “world class” fashion hub.
Encouraged by the success of the Burberry out-let store in Chatham Place and Hackneys re-generation, Pringles have taken up residence at the former Duke of Wellington Pub on the corner of Morning Lane and Chatham Place and will open shop next week.
Luxury brand Aquascutum, has jumped on the band wagon and confirmed to Hackney Hive that it will open their out-let store in Chatham Place, sometime in late November.
Unlike existing out-lets in the UK, Hackney is well placed as it is minutes away from Central London and very accessible to shoppers and tourists in in the capital.
Speaking on behalf of Chatham Works Ltd and Local Dialogue, a specialist stakeholders communication agency, Phil Stainer told Hackney Hive; “We hope as many people participate in the conversation and attend the exhibition”.
Place: St Luke’s Church, Homerton Terrace, E9 6RT on Thursday 25 October between 4pm and 7:30pm