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The £300 million regeneration of Blackwall Reach will transform a key area of Tower Hamlets adjacent to the Blackwall Tunnel, replacing 252 homes with over 1500 new homes, commercial premises and new community facilities an extended school and new mosque as well as improved public realm and linkages to the DLR.

Phase 1A of the project has already delivered 98 new homes; 79 have been let to social housing residents, a further 8 homes have been made available to people living and working in Tower Hamlets and the remainder to leaseholders from Robin Hood Gardens to enable them to remain in the local area. This phase also delivered a new regional housing office for Swan Housing; a replacement mosque and an extended local school.
This phase also created The Reach, a fabulous new community facility at Blackwall.

Phase 1B of the project has now started on site and work has now commenced on this phase. Phase 1B will deliver 242 homes, of which 200 will be for private sale to help cross fund Phase 1A which was built to rehouse residents of Robin Hood Gardens. The remaining homes at Phase 1B will be made up of 36 homes for social rent and 6 homes for shared ownership. They will be accommodated in three buildings, around a new public square next to the Blackwall DLR station which will re-establish the way the site connects to surrounding areas. There will be two 10 storey buildings and a 24 storey tower with new shops and cafes at ground floor level around the new square. The new homes will be completed in early 2019.

Phase 2 of the project was granted planning permission in September 2016 and will deliver 268 new homes across four new buildings.
The architectural team for this phase includes Metropolitan Workshop and Haworth Tompkins who have been appointed as joint architects. AKT II and Townsheds also join the team for structural engineering and landscape design respectively.

Later Phases

A Compulsory Purchase Order has been confirmed for Phases 1b, 2 and 3.
Negotiations are ongoing with regards to the land assembly required for Phase 4.

It is expected that the regeneration will deliver the following benefits:

  • Over 1500 homes: 52% being affordable housing and 80% of these will be at social rent;
  • 28% of new homes will be larger family homes (3 beds+) and 80% of these larger homes will be affordable;
  • much needed good quality homes that are comfortable, secure and more energy efficient;
  • improved open space, with inclusive amenities for all ages;
  • new multi-purpose community facilities;
  • funding towards a new school and a replacement mosque;
  • a new Blackwall Reach Trust which will foster future investment, good management and a regeneration legacy; and
  • S106 improvements benefiting the wider area and increased employment opportunities from new offices, facilities and commercial businesses.

  • Screenshot of planning search

    You can find the latest plans for the project on the LBTH planning portal and perform a "Simple Search" on "Blackwall Reach" (see screenshot right)

    You can also find a visual summary of local planning applications on this Interactive Map


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