Blackwall Reach Regeneration

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Swan Housing Association

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Units and Density: 
242 units between three buildings, 733 hrh, 242 dph

Mixed private sale, intermediate and social rent with commercial units provided on ground floor of all three buildings

Planning permission granted December 2014

Phase 1B of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration project delivers 242 new homes, as well as significant public realm improvements with the creation of a new square around Blackwall DLR station. Karakusevic Carson Architects were appointed by Swan Housing Association to develop detailed proposals following a large international competition.

Karakusevic Carson Architects

The proposals, consisting of three buildings between 10 and 24 storeys in height, will create a strong sense of arrival at Blackwall DLR station and create a key link to the wider Blackwall Reach masterplan to the north. Phase 1B will establish a benchmark of quality both for the remaining phases of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration project as well as other emerging developments in the area.

We have worked closely with Swan Housing Group, the GLA and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to deliver a scheme which provides high quality new homes across a range of tenures on a unique and challenging site. Our approach has been to use the proposed buildings to create and define a legible series of high quality public spaces which cater for both existing and new residents within the area. The scheme is considered as an ensemble of carefully crafted and robust brick buildings which engage with the area’s fragmented heritage context and will age gracefully over time. 

Working within the parameters of an outline planning permission, the intention was to create a legible and coherent public realm in what is currently a hostile environment.

Innovative unit types have been developed in collaboration with Swan which maximise value from the private sale component of the project to cross subsidise the affordable housing. The majority of units benefit from naturally lit circulations spaces with recessed balconies which are seen as an extension of the living spaces. 

Three bedroom apartments for social rent have been developed which bring the qualities of traditional family housing to higher density flatted development. This includes secondary circulation acting as ‘spill out’; spaces from bedrooms as well as generous and usable amenity space accessed via the kitchen and living rooms. All social rented units benefit from separate kitchen/dining and living spaces with potential for future connections if required at a later date.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Design Team

Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects

Engineering:  AKT II

Landscape: Turkington Martin

Planning: GL Hearn

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