As part of the London Festival of Architecture 2012, Platform 5 Architects were invited to discuss potential proposals for a fertile site sitting quietly on the waterfront of the Regent’s Canal, hidden away behind the vibrant Hackney Road.  The Design Charette questioned the need for strict planning use classes instead proposing a ‘zone of tolerance’ following a campaign supporting proposed changes to the Use Classes Order that emerged from the Chancellor’s Budget statement in 2011.

Our proposal investigated an artificial system for perpetuating an idealised “Golden Age” of creative urban regeneration by reimagining the planning and ownership conditions of the site. The system actively discouraged market led development and avoided the stagnation derived from the limitations of the Use Class system, creating an environment which allowed a brave transient community to invent, innovate and play.