This high density, mixed use masterplan was adopted as supplementary guidance for the area. The proposal was to transform the area with a 90,000m² mixed use development including office, light industrial and high density residential accommodation. Our design included two new footbridges over the River Lea linking the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham making it accessible for the first time and significantly increasing land value.
Despite its Tudor manor house and fine Edwardian library, this 12 acre brownfield site by the River Lea deteriorated badly over the last 150 years. The land was either derelict or used for waste disposal and car breaking. The new scheme embraced business, employment and community issues, and the indicative spatial design supported by planning, transport and economic viability assessments.
The report included guidelines on the mix of uses, densities and public spaces illustrated by a worked exemplar. It was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance by Tower Hamlets Council in 2003. Following negotiations with Transport for London, the plan resulted in new pedestrian links between the formerly isolated site and the neighbouring residential areas, previously separated by the Blackwall Tunnel approach road.
The design for this masterplan included the cleaning up of the River Lea frontage and encouraging biodiversity along the river and within the site.