The site sits between two street frontages on the boundary of a conservation area on Fish Island, within LB Tower Hamlets and adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The proposal is for 44 one, two and three-bed apartments at first-floor level and above, with visible access points off the streets. Approximately 600m2 of the ground level is given over to commercial uses providing active street frontages and arranged around a central yard with access directly off Smeed Road. This South facing yard is envisaged as a shared amenity space for vehicular and pedestrian use.
The design proposal aims to create a high-quality environment that reinforces the strong local character of Fish Island based on the local Industrial Heritage.
The apartment blocks are therefore expressed as a collection of distinctive forms, of varying scale and with a variety of brick finishes. The facades of these buildings hug the street to provide strong frontages, stepping up in scale from the heritage buildings. The proposed combination of inset balconies, expressed double story openings and masonry string courses of these are sympathetic to the existing architectural language.
The internal open south facing yard creates a setting for the central apartment building. This block faces due South with exciting views over the yard and existing heritage buildings toward the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The architectural expression of the central block is that of an exoskeleton providing a framework for balconies, green planting, sun shading and screens as a dynamic backdrop to the yard.
The ground level yard is complimented with attractive amenity spaces at rooftop levels. The interiors of the residential apartments will have the character of open plan loft living.
Planning Consultant: CgMs Ltd
Status: Concept Design 2016