Dalston Themed Workshops and Walkabouts

Closed 26 Feb 2019

Opened 29 Jan 2019


Thank you for your interest in attending this series of workshops which will enhance our work around the Dalston Conversation and help to inform our initial ideas for emerging planning and regeneration documents for Dalston town centre.  

The Council value local and stakeholder input and we would welcome your participation in the themed workshops below.  The aim of these workshops is to discuss and gather feedback on our initial ideas and we will share with you the various studies and commissioned research that has helped to direct them. The workshops will provide you with an opportunity to explore these ideas in more detail and provide feedback to the team before we embark on any further work.

Each workshop will last around two hours and will start with a walk-about of the area, followed by a short presentation and ending with a discussion and feedback session with participants.

Workshop 1 – Streets, open spaces and connections

19 February, 4pm - 6ppm

This workshop will look at local priorities for connectivity and open spaces in Dalston. We will discuss how we can better use existing walking routes, open spaces and connections in the town centre, and how people and traffic could move around Dalston in the future.

 This event will be co-run by Allies & Morrison Architects and Studio Weave who have been commissioned to look at how space in Dalston can better connect its residents, businesses and transport. During the event we will give participants a short tour of the area followed by a presentation at a local venue by Allies & Morrison on their findings of the study. Participants will be able to give their feedback and comments as part of the session.

Workshop 2 – What makes Dalston unique? Understanding economic and social value in the town centre

21 February, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop will look at how we can ensure Dalston’s unique mix of creative and cultural industries and community spaces can be incorporated into future plans for the area and how the Council can protect their presence in Dalston.

The event will start with a tour and a presentation on local creative industries by Bootstrap Company, a charity based on Ashwin Street providing affordable workspace to local businesses. The University of East London will also present its recent work on social and economic value mapping in the Dalston area. The event will end with a comments and feedback session.

Workshop 3 – Buildings and heritage

28 February, 4pm - 6pm

This workshop will introduce key buildings and heritage references in Dalston and the evolution of the town centre. This event will look at existing architectural style, heights and massing in the area and discuss what you think works and doesn’t work well in Dalston.

Following a walk-about, a Hackney Council Design and Conservation officers will give an overview of a recently completed characterisation study, looking at architectural heritage and styles in Dalston, followed by a talk by The Rio Cinema on heritage of Dalston’s town centre. The event will event end with a comments and feedback session.

Sign up

Please provide us with a few details in the sign-up tab below. The walkabouts and workshops will be held in Dalston. Once we have your information we will send you confirmation of your place and details of the locations for each of the workshops.

Please note: As spaces for each event are limited, we would ask that if you are representing an organisation that only one person attends per event.



  • Dalston
  • Shacklewell


  • Anyone from any background


  • Gathering ideas