About Richard Brown

Richard Brown is a resident of Hackney Wick & Fish Island (HWFI), he is training to become an architect and has been actively involved in setting up self build live-work units in the area. He published a survey on the self build live-work movement in HWFI and has started a campaign on affordable and sustainable work spaces. As part of Rurban-Wick Richard guided a walk visiting some of the self build live-work units documented in his report, allowing an insight view in how they exist and operate while discussing ideas for a more sustainable self build live-work neighbourhood in HWFI.

LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT ON THE LOCAL PLAN (1st DRAFT)

Dear fellow Wickers & Fish Islanders – URGENT note – please take a minute to read:
2800 new living units in HWFI over the next years ? Save HWFI !
As you might or might not know, the London Legacy Development Corporation is currently drafting a ‘Local Plan’ that sets the guidelines for all existing and future development of HWFI , replacing the local council as a planning authority. There was a well-attended hearing on the plan a few weeks ago (see previous post).. but this left many quite cynical: the LLDP people seemed to be somewhat resigned, their answers on maintaining the areas character and Live/Work were vague and evasive.

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WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THE NEW CONSERVATION AREA IN HWFI

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Please sign this petition to support this designation here:

 http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/help-save-creative-hackney-wick-and-support-the/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=button

We should applaud the LLDC’s effort to extend the areas existing conservation areas, because it is a key strategic move towards retention of the areas ‘factory town’ character and potential to continue a legacy of production, be it creative or industrial. Continue reading

Alternatives to the creative ghetto?

AffordableWick founder Richard Brown has written an article asking for more alternatives to dysfunctional and chaotic communal warehouses. He questions what happens when crative practitioners grow out of the ‘creative ghetto’ and need to settle and focus in a more stable environment. Where is the next stop after life in Hackney Wick? Managed workspace or off to the suburbs? Continue reading

Neptune Wharf Development approved – Terms to be agreed.

Last week the development featuring over 500 homes and a primary school was approved pending the preparation of a strong section 106 agreement.Neptune Illustrative ER.indd

The comittee at the London Legacy Development Corporation, called for a set of conditions and agreements to ensure the delivery of the primary school, an architectural competition to design its out line elements as well as measures to ensure affordable workspace. These agreements will be worked out over the next months with hopeful some considerable consultation.

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Comments on application to demolish local artists’ studio complex – Vittoria Wharf

CGI of proposed development of Vittoria Wharf, showing Stour Space to the left.

CGI of proposed development of Vittoria Wharf, showing Stour Space to the left.

The Hackney Wick and Fish Island Planning and Development group have the following comments on the application to demolish one of the area’s renowned artist studio complexes. We urge all locals to take a look at the proposals at http://planningforms.newham.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=MOL98CSZ01L00 Be sure to send any comments through to  planningenquiries@londonlegacy.co.uk

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Hackney Wicked 2013 The Cabin Gallery Presents…

The popup exhibition reflected in Haidee Drew's ara mirrors

The popup exhibition refle cted in Haidee Drews 'ara' mirrors

'Box Factories' by Haidee Drew

Box Factories' by Haidee Drew

Organic Wick Food Stall

Organic Wick Food Stall

The Cabin Gallery exhibition

The Cabin Gallery exhibition

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The cabin Gallery at Vittoria Wharf yard

The Cabin Gallery interior

The Cabin Gallery interior

For this years Hackney Wicked Festival (2013), affordable wick’s roaming workspace has been transformed into ‘the cabin gallery’, an exhibition space featuring the collaborative work between Local artists, Haidee Drew and Richard Brown. Continue reading

INSTANT PLANNING PORTAL: Neptune Wharf application goes back to the drawing board

Instant planning portal responses to Neptune Wharf

Instant planning portal responses to Neptune Wharf

Instant planning portal

Instant planning portal containing full plans and print outs of the Neptune wharf proposals

Instant planning portal at Omega Works

Instant planning portal at Omega Works

Thank you to everybody who spared the time to enter the planing portal cabin and submit comments on the current Neptune wharf planning application on Wyke Road. The planning portal was a project initiated by AffordableWick on behalf of the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Planning and development group. See: http://affordablewick.com/the-instant-planning-portal/ Continue reading

PLANNING ON YOUR DOORSTEP

 Neptune Wharf Proposals on show on the Roaming cabin

Neptune Wharf Proposals on show on the instant planning portal

Local Residents from adjacent appartment block discussing the Neptune Wharf Proposals

Local Residents from adjacent appartment block discussing the Neptune Wharf Proposals

Residents from Omega Works discussing the Neptune Wharf Proposals

Residents from Omega Works discussing the Neptune Wharf Proposals

Neptune Wharf proposals on show inside of the mobile planning department

Neptune Wharf proposals on show inside of the mobile planning department

Comments left inside of the instant planning department

Comments left inside of the instant planning department

Planning on the move past Stour Space galleries in Fish Island

Planning on the move past Stour Space galleries in Fish Island

Planning on the move

Planning on the move

Planning on your doorstep in Fish Island, Hackney Wick

Planning on your doorstep in Fish Island, Hackney Wick

Instant planning portal on its way to Neptune Wharf

Instant planning portal on its way to Neptune Wharf

Until Wednesday 17th July, the affordable wick cabin has morphed into an ‘instant planning portal’ for Hackney Wick and Fish Island. Continue reading

MINUTES AND ACTIONS 02-07-13

In Attendance:
Richard Brown (chairing)
Haidee Drew
Lee Thomson
Netta Peltola
Davide Vignoli
Sean Wild
Rowena
Morton

Issues:

  • Gas Bills
    Hackney Wicked Festival Issues
    VWharf Postbox
    Ford Ka in the yard
    Metal Shed
    Car parking
    Asset listing news
    Update on Red Line Boundary
    Pedestrian Zone for Beachy and Roach Road