Barchester Street


We received planning permission for the redevelopment of 83 Barchester Street, Poplar, London E14 for Canary Wharf Group in 2015, the scheme is currently in construction due for completion in October 2019 . The scheme is for 115 new affordable homes on the site of former industrial buildings in the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area.

The site was occupied by a 1939 factory building and a 1956 warehouse which were both last in use as a document storage facility. Three new buildings and retained elements of the existing buildings will enclose a new communal yard space. A new six storey building will replace the former warehouse building and new four and five storey elements are set within the existing walls of the factory. The distinctive saw-tooth profile of the factory is echoed in the new roof profile as a series of spines that successively step up from Balladier Walk and Barchester Street clad in distinctive bronze zinc. The new street facing elevations are composed primarily of brickwork which include recessed stretchers and cross motifs which reference the existing Festival inspired architecture on the adjacent Lansbury estate with the courtyard elevations continuing with bronze coloured zinc.

A new link building creates a threshold to the central landscaped yard. The new homes are part of Canary Wharf Group’s affordable housing commitment which will be part of its new development phase.

Team: DP9 (Planning) / SDG (Transport) / EB7 (Rights to Light) / MG Partnership (M&E) / Walsh Group (Structural Engineer) / Buro Happold (Accessibility) / Sandy Brown (Acoustic) / Arup-Fire (Fire)

"A challenging site, specifically included within the conservation area, and a challenging brief that required the retention of elements of an existing warehouse buildings has resulted in a piece of residential architecture that challenges the norm for socially rented housing."

Luke Dewey, Senior Associate