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As seen on ITV London Tonight News 12th June 2006.

Fairmule House

Background and Brief

Quay 2c obtained planning permission for this site in Hoxton in 2004. The site backs onto a former churchyard and has a street elevation to Waterson Street. The client’s brief was for a mix of residential units and B1 units. The scheme became the largest mixed use building in the UK with a main superstructure of prefabricated solid laminate timber panels.

Scheme

London District Surveyors Association (LDSA) Sustainable Building of the Year 2007.

The scheme incorporates 11 flats and 7 B1 units. It is a reworking of the previous permission by others with single aspect units, to provide double aspect accomodation. The churchyard to the rear is the final resting place of one Thomas Fairchild, the originator of cross breeding of plants who owned a market gardening business nearby. Quay 2c are interested in the hybridisation of the site conditions and worked with images of sweet williams and carnations, the two plants that Fairchild crossbred to form his famous ‘Fairchild mule’.  The front elevation uses galvanised steel panels recalling watering cans etc while the churchyard elevation is of timber shingles. Both elevations have glazed balustrades and panels with laminated images by artist Julia Manheim.

“Other highlights of the Prefabulous show include the brilliant all-wood Fairmule House scheme” Fay Sweet – Evening Standard Homes and Property. 1st February 2006

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South facing street elevation

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Churchyard elevation

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Rear elevation showing Fairmule artwork-balustrades / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Artwork-balustrade detail / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Front elevation from Hackney Rd / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Front elevation detail / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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West-rear elevation / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Back elevation at night / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Interior showing artwork-balustrades / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Interior stairwell / Photo: Anthony Coleman

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Installation of timber structure

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‘Service Core’ 13.07.05

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Internal construction 13.07.05

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The Waterson St. site

Fairmule House

Client /

Private Developer

Project /

Fairmule House 23-35 Waterson Street E2 8HE
Mixed Use Development Including 11 Flats and 7 B1 Units

Date /

June 2004 – May 2006

Budget /

£1,500,000

Further Info /

Fairmule House info sheet 2010 (pdf)

Architects Journal, October 05

Evening Standard, February 06

LABC Article (pdf)

New Civil Engineer, August 05

Prefabulous Catalogue

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