We are delighted that this project has been shortlisted in the 2021 Housing Design Awards.
In July 2020 we secured planning consent on behalf of a private developer for the redevelopment of a site on the corner of Commercial Road and White Horse Road which has been derelict for over twenty years.
The site lies within the York Square Conservation area and close to Limehouse Basin. We worked closely with the local planning authority and conservation officers to develop our design proposals, which include the retention and enhancement of the facades of buildings along White Horse Road and Commercial Road, incorporating these sensitively into the design.
The new façade is set back, allowing the retained facades to read as buildings that have depth – not just thin veneers of a former building.
Three new commercial units are located on the ground floor, providing an active frontage to Commercial Road, separated by entrances to the apartments above. The height of the buildings rises to form a feature at the junction before stepping down to respect the adjoining properties. The appearance and material treatment is also sensitive to the context, with a layered façade offering a clear ground and uppermost floor.
Careful attention has been paid to access and servicing requirements to the retail units to ensure that entrances to the apartments above are not diminished.
The project is currently at detailed design stage.