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Swan Housing Association has submitted a planning application to Tower Hamlets for Phase 2 of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project in Poplar, East London. Planning was submitted following extensive public consultation held by Swan and their regeneration partners of Tower Hamlets Council and the Greater London Authority.

Designed by Metropolitan Workshop and Haworth Tompkins, acting as joint architects, the proposed scheme delivers 268 new homes across four new buildings.

The scheme retains the original central park and mound within Robin Hood Gardens, a large public space shielded from the surrounding roads. An unusual feature in this densely built part of London, the park is appreciated by local residents and so the design retains this space in its entirety.

The four buildings, two designed by each practice, share a common architectural language but are different in style and expression, creating two distinct architectural ‘quarters’ around the central space.

Phase 2 is part of a large regeneration project, consisting of five phases, which will transform a key area of the borough, adjacent to the Blackwall Tunnel, replacing 252 homes with a total of 1575 new homes, commercial premises and community facilities. The entire masterplan will be delivered over the next decade, with the first phase already completed in 2015.

Artist’s impressions of Woolmore Street (left) and the Millenium Green (right) below:

Geoff Pearce, Executive Director Regeneration and Development, Swan Housing Group said:

Metropolitan Workshop and Hayworth Tompkins were selected as joint architects for the next phase of Blackwall Reach because of their track record of delivering high quality urban design and architecture in residential and mixed use projects. We believe their designs complement each other and show commitment to the art of making beautiful, sustainable buildings. We think that their designs provide an inspired and deliverable redevelopment plan for the next phase of the regeneration of Blackwall Reach.

Neil Deely, Partner, Metropolitan Workshop said:

We are looking forward to continuing our work with Swan Housing, the GLA, Tower Hamlets Council and the local community in due course and also furthering our successful collaboration with Haworth Tompkins. We are very pleased that the client group has embraced the recommendations for qualitative improvements to the plans for regeneration of the estate and to delivering the best possible place to live at Blackwall Reach.

Toby Johnson, Director, Haworth Tompkins said:

We respect the legacy of the Smithsons and have been all too aware of the intellectual challenge involved in working on Blackwall Reach. However, we have worked closely with Metropolitan Workshop and Swan Housing to deliver a scheme that will preserve and enhance the open space and the heart of the estate, improve the relationship the new buildings make to the surrounding streets and provide better homes for the existing residents of the estate, as well as additional homes to meet the demand in this fast changing part of London. We think these proposals will improve the quality of life for those living on and near the estate and support the wider regeneration of Blackwall Reach.