CMA are delighted to have secured approval at committee last week for works to St Michael and All Angels Church in Shoreditch to allow for its use as an office.  The former Victorian Church designed by James Brooks is one of just six Grade I listed buildings in Hackney and recently served as an antiques store and showroom, but has been empty for over a year. 

The proposals designed by Trehearne Architects centre around the revealing of the vast volume of the church’s nave by the removing various temporary structures inserted previously, with a new partial contemporary mezzanine floor added along with other works to breathe life back into the building and give it a viable commercial future. 

In addition, a new five storey office block will be built on the adjoining yard fronting onto Leonard Street to contextually repair the 'gap tooth' in the streetscape.  Together, the two elements will deliver over 30,000 sqft of office floorspace.


Yesterday saw a return to a real life planning committee at Waltham Forest, with our proposals for the former Wood Street Library site approved by Members.  This scheme designed by Haworth Tompkins will see this site transformed with a new building, which will include a ground floor ‘Families and Homes Hub’ for the community and 67 flats above.

The Hub will give Waltham Forest residents access to the Families and Homes teams in a safe and welcoming environment.  It will help the Council better engage with residents most in need of those services, in line with their commitment to building better services and putting Waltham Forest residents at the heart of everything they do.  67 homes will be built as part of the development to help fund the new community facilities, 50% of which will be affordable homes, prioritised for local people.


CMA have been advising Boxpark Shoreditch from the outset, originally securing permission for the scheme in 2011.  A two year extension has been secured for this great pop-up mall from the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, so it can continue having a positive impact on the local economy, drawing visitors and expenditure to the area, as well as creating many jobs.

CMA Planning have secured planning permission from the London Borough of Lambeth for this scheme at the Higgs Industrial Estate in Loughborough Junction, designed by PRP Architects for Peabody.  The proposal includes 134 new homes, some within a 16 storey tower, and 4,150 sqm of commercial floorspace.  50% of the homes would be affordable.

Planning permission was originally secured for this site in 2015 by a speculative developer.  Peabody secured the site, but needed to make changes to deliver a viable scheme which met their high quality standards.  As a result, a new team was instructed, which came up with this scheme, with an increase in the number of homes and level of commercial space, and which saw the maximum height increase from 8 to 16 storeys.  The scheme will also deliver improvements to the public realm with open access to the arches and a courtyard for residents at podium level.


CMA were pleased to have secured approval at the London Borough of Hackney’s virtual Planning Committee last night for the redevelopment of Thoresby House for Arcadia University.  This outstanding dMFK Architects designed 12 storey scheme will deliver 140 student bed spaces together with communal kitchen/dining rooms, living and study spaces, including much needed new community space that will be made available for use by the local community in perpetuity.

CMA have secured planning permission & listed building consent for the restoration, conversion and extension of the Grade II* listed Wapping Hydraulic Pumping Station, for UK Real Estate.  This stunning Latitude Architects designed scheme includes the introduction of new floors within the listed building, together with the creation of a glazed extension within the roof level water tanks, the conversion of the below-ground reservoir and the erection of a new three storey office block within the courtyard, which together will deliver 2,502sqm of office space and 1,223sqm of flexible restaurant/office space.

CMA Planning have secured approval for a revised planning and listed building consent for a 130,000 sqft masterplan to regenerate a complex of grade-II listed Victorian Mill Buildings on the River Calder in Wakefield for City & Provincial.  Sited next to the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, Rutland Mills will form a new phase in the Wakefield Waterfront masterplan, expanding the creative, art and cultural programme currently led by the Hepworth.

A total of 32,000 sqft of space will be created in new buildings built in brick alongside the mill buildings.  The vision for the complex includes studio space for artists, designers and musicians; workspace for the digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; commercial space; retail; restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space and education.  The Hawkins\Brown masterplan will also deliver new public realm, including a central courtyard event space, gateways, and a new route to the River Calder.


CMA secured approval at last night’s Hackney Council's planning committee for the redevelopment of 305 Kingsland Road. The pH+ designed scheme will provide nearly 5000 sqm of employment space and co-living accommodation with 121 rooms to help contribute towards Hackney’s housing offer.  The site also fronts onto Kingsland Basin and features a planted facade to engage with the environment of the Canal basin, creating opportunities for biodiversity to thrive while providing new homes and innovative creative workspaces.

Our Yeo Street scheme was approved unanimously at last night’s Tower Hamlets virtual planning committee.  This great looking pH+ designed scheme for City & Suburban Homes will deliver 92 new homes adjoining the Limehouse Cut along with 2500 sqm of flexible creative workspace.