Aspland Estate, Hackney

with Ruairi Reeves

This idea was chosen by the RIBA through open competition as the UK submission to the 2005 UIA consultation: 'Celebration of Cities'


The site is the Aspland housing Estate in Hackney. The estate is triangular in plan, located at the junction of two railway lines. The railway lines form a barrier on two sides of the site.


At each end of the site is a railway station, Hackney Central and Hackney Downs:
- Hackney Downs is on the WAGN network, with trains running North-South from Essex, North East London and Stansted Airport going to Liverpool Street in the City of London.
- Hackney Central is on the Silverlink network, with trains running East-West from East London and Docklands going to Islington, Camden, Hampstead and West London.

At present, neither network acknowledges the presence of the other on its maps. There
are no signs in the stations directing people from one station to the other, or even indicating the presence of station. There are 5 small street signs provided by the council to indicate the direction of one station to the other at street level, but even then the points of entry at each station make the route inconveniently long.


If a point of entry to each station was added then the two stations would become a viable transport connection, and the maps of each network would show this connection.

The two stations could be shown as one.

In the centre of this new station is the Aspland Estate.

Public transport connections of this type are usually pedestrian tunnels or bridges, or concourses with shops and fast food restaurants. How does the Aspland Estate adapt to this new situation?