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Welcome to
The Goodsyard
consultation website

Find out about the project, updated proposals and how to get involved.

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About The Project

The Goodsyard is the name of the former Bishopsgate Goods Yard site, surrounding Shoreditch High Street Station. It is approximately 4.4 hectares in size which is the same as about 7 international football pitches.

Sitting between Shoreditch, Banglatown, Spitalfields and the City Fringe, this unique site has been derelict since a fire in the 1960s. In April 2010, Shoreditch High Street Station opened in the centre of the site and there are currently two temporary uses on the site; Powerleague football pitches and Boxpark.

The Goodsyard has been identified in planning documents at local and regional levels as a major opportunity for regeneration and has had a long history of development proposals and consultation.

Proposals for the site were most recently brought forward in 2014 when applications for the comprehensive redevelopment of the site were submitted to the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. In 2015 The Mayor of London called the applications in and directed that he would act as the Local Planning Authority. In April 2016, the Greater London Authority (GLA) Case Officer’s Report recommended the planning permission should be refused. The Mayor agreed to defer the determination to allow Hammerson and Ballymore further time to evolve the design and work with the GLA planning officers to respond to comments.

Since then the team has been carefully considering the feedback on the applications and following constructive conversations with key stakeholders is updating their proposals for the site. This approach will involve important amendments to the planning applications.

Between July and December 2018, Soundings carried out community consultation in the local area to share, debate and inform the updated proposals for the Goodsyard site.

Further engagement is taking place in March 2019 to share the Final Masterplan ahead of an amended planning application being submitted in Spring 2019. Please take a look at this website to find out more about the project and how to get involved.

The Project Team



The project team is led by Hammerson and Ballymore, who together are commonly referred to as the ‘Joint Venture’ or ‘JV’. The team includes a wide range of experts in many disciplines and local design partners to bring together the skills necessary to develop robust proposals for the site.


  • The Goodsyard borders Shoreditch, Banglatown, Spitalfields & the City Fringe

  • The original Goods Yard boundary wall – Sclater Street / Bethnal Green Road

  • Within the western end of the site that remains derelict

  • Grade ll listed Braithwaite Viaduct in the eastern part of the site

Project Background

‘From then to now’ please click on each topic below to find out more:

  • 01 Site History


    Bishopsgate Station opened in 1840 as a passenger terminal providing a route into London from Ipswich, Norwich and Colchester. The station closed to passenger traffic in 1875 and reopened six years later as Bishopsgate Goods Yard, a freight station serving the eastern ports of England. By 1882 the Goods Yard was in full operation catering for 1,600 carts in and out of the station daily and was the focus for receiving imported food from continental Europe.

    On December 5th 1964 a fire broke out at the station. The blaze was so intense that 40 fire engines and 235 firefighters were called. Despite best efforts, the Goods Yard was rendered unusable and has remained derelict and vacant for a number of years.

  • Site History – Aerial view of the Goods Yard – 1881

  • Site History – Historic London railways map c.1906

  • Site History – The Goods Yard from the elevated track level

  • 02 Heritage Remaining


    From the very start of the development process, the Joint Venture has committed to preserving the unique heritage of the site. The vast majority will be retained, enhanced and opened up for public access, including:

    • The Braithwaite Arches, the second oldest railway arches in London. Including historical details like the rails, setts, oculi, turntables and a hydraulic accumulator.
    • The historic Oriel Gateway, renovated as an iconic entrance to the site from Shoreditch High Street.
    • The Boundary Wall, which still marks the edges of much of the site.
    • Locally listed weavers’ cottages on Sclater Street and the nearby Mission Chapel and Victorian building.

  • Heritage Remaining – Grade ll listed Braithwaite Viaduct

  • Heritage Remaining – The Oriel Gateway – fronting onto Shoreditch High Street

  • Heritage Remaining – The original Goods Yard boundary wall – Sclater Street / Bethnal Green Road

  • 03 Planning policy


    The Goodsyard site straddles the boundary between two London Boroughs – Hackney and Tower Hamlets, each with relevant policy that must be considered when developing the plans, two key documents include:

    In Hackney, the adopted Hackney Site Allocations Local Plan (2016) outlines this part of the site for employment-led development, recognising that the site is a major development opportunity within the Central Activities Zone, and the Shoreditch Priority Employment Area.

    In Tower Hamlets, the adopted Managing Development DPD (2013) allocates the site as a comprehensive mixed use development opportunity. The emerging ‘Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031’ published for consultation in October 2017 outlines the land use requirements for the site include housing and employment uses, in addition to a wide range of aspects that the site should respond to including building scale, heritage, integrated route, improved walking and cycling, family homes, open space and ecology.

  • 04 Site Challenges


    The Goodsyard is particularly complicated to develop, hemmed in & cut through by the power & transport arteries of London with several significant constraints that influence its development & reduce the total amount of foundable land to around 30% of the site. Constraints include:

    1. London Overground line & Shoreditch High Street Station
    2. Historic & Listed structures on site
    3. Central Line, cutting diagonally underneath the site
    4. Six mainline railway lines out of Liverpool Street
    5. Reserved space for two potential new railway tracks
    6. BT tunnel, running deep underneath the site

  • 05 Earlier consultation


    Initial outreach in 2011, followed by extensive consultation between 2013 to 2015 engaged over 1,500 local people on the previous proposals. This included a wide range of public events, regular newsletters, a steering group made up of local residents and a community liaison group. The consultation recorded the areas of most importance locally, setting community aspirations and tracking where the proposals had and hadn’t met these, and why. The 2014 Statement of Community Involvement and 2015 Addendum provide a record of all consultation and feedback.

  • Earlier consultation – Site Tour, Walk & Talk – 2013

  • Earlier consultation – Ideas Week – 2013

  • 06 Evolution of the proposals


    In 2014 planning applications were submitted to the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets for the comprehensive redevelopment of The Goodsyard. This included, 1,464 new homes, 52,000 m² office space including Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs), 18,000 m² of retail space including small units, a new elevated public park a range of community benefits and amenities, together with retained and restored heritage features.

    In 2015, further amendments were made; 1,356 new homes, 65,000 m² office space including Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs), 17,000 m² of retail space including small units, a new elevated public park a range of community benefits and amenities, together with retained and restored heritage features.

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    06 Evolution of the proposals


    In September 2015 the applications were called-in by The Mayor of London which confirmed that the Mayor would act as the local planning authority for the purposes of determining the planning applications.

    In April 2016 the GLA’s officer report recommended the planning permission should be refused. The Mayor agreed to defer the determination to allow the JV further time to evolve the design and work with the GLA planning officers to respond to comments. Since then, the JV have been looking to amend their proposals for The Goodsyard. This allows for lower building heights and focuses on workspace and creative industries. Retaining more of the site heritage, with a new approach to routes and public spaces.

  • Evolution of the proposals – 2015 scheme – London Road

  • Evolution of the proposals – 2015 scheme – Elevated Park

  • Evolution of the proposals – 2018 Updated Proposals – New east-west street at ground level

  • Evolution of the proposals – 2018 Updated Proposals – Highline Level

Get Involved

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the November 2018 consultation on the updated Goodsyard proposals. Feedback has been discussed with the Joint Venture and design team to inform further updates and a full report of findings will be available shortly for community review.

Further engagement is taking place in March 2019 to share the Final Masterplan ahead of an amended planning application being submitted in Spring 2019.

We will hold a series of drop-in exhibitions and informal Question & Answer sessions to present and discuss the final proposals for the Goodsyard. The JV and design team will be on hand to discuss the proposals with you and answer any questions. Please see full event details below and the latest newsletter can be downloaded here.

Exhibition

Drop-in exhibition of the final proposals, including exhibition boards and a 3D model of the Goodsyard Masterplan. The project team will be on hand to answer any questions.



4th of March | Monday
12.00 – 4.00pm


4th of March | Monday
5.00 – 9.00pm


6th of March | Wednesday
5.00 – 9.00pm


9th of March | Saturday
11.00 – 5.00pm


At: Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

Q&A sessions

Alongside the exhibition, there will be informal Question & Answer sessions that will include a short summary of the proposals followed by opportunity for discussions with the JV and project team.



Q&A 1: Monday | 4 March
7.30pm


Q&A 2: Wednesday | 6 March
7.30pm


At: Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

Site Tours

The registration for interest in Site Tours has now closed. We will be in touch soon with those who have registered and will share available dates and times for upcoming Site Tours.

  • Concept Masterplan exhibition – 2013

  • Discussing the Goodsyard site

  • Pop-up information at Shoreditch High Street – 2013

  • Canvass Cards – 2011 & 2013

  • Site visits – 2013

  • Updated Proposals Exhibition – 2018

Documents & Download

This section provides a record and resource of all materials issued throughout the consultation process. This will continue to grow as the consultation progresses.