Urbanism > Blackwall Reach, Poplar, London

In 2013, we were commissioned to carry out a review of the existing masterplan for Blackwall Reach. In addition to revisiting the masterplan we are also commissioned to design Phase 2 comprising of four buildings replacing the eastern wing of Robin Hood Gardens. We proposed a collaborative approach, working with Haworth Tompkins, to design two buildings of different tenures each.

The buildings are arranged as ten storey elements connected by lower rise terraces of a more intimate scale. The stepped profile reduces the impact of the scheme on Cotton Street and provides a high degree of dual aspect housing. Buildings are arranged to allow views from the street into Millennium Green, connecting with the wider area. Daylight and sunlight penetration to the central space and dwellings will be greatly improved.

Client: Swan Housing Association
Collaborating Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Structural Engineer: AKT II
Landscape Architect: Townshend Landscape Architect