THE PROJECT

This project will be delivered through a number of phases of regeneration. It will provide 1,575 new homes. 50% affordable. A mix of apartments and family homes.

The Blackwall Reach Regeneration project is a partnership between the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority – the landowners – and Swan Housing Association as its development partner. The scheme is in its second and third phases of development, having completed the first half of the first phase of nearly 100 units, in 2016.

The regeneration project replaces ca. 300 social rented homes by providing 1,575 new homes. 50% are affordable and the majority of these are social rented. Additionally, we have delivered a new community hub and mosque in the first phases, and in future phases will provide a district heating system to serve the development along with enhanced open space and commercial facilities.

Phase 1B of the scheme delivers 242 new homes, 200 for private sale, 6 for shared ownership and 36 for social rent, as well has nine commercial units. This phase also includes significant public realm improvements with the creation of a new square around Blackwall DLR station. Consisting of three buildings between 10 and 24 storeys in height, the scheme will create a key link to the wider Blackwall Reach masterplan to the North. Sales were launched off-plan in February 2017 and the brand new marketing suite opened in June 2018.

Phase 2 demolition of Robin Hood Gardens West was completed earlier this year (2018) and the project is due to complete in 2021. This will offer 268 new homes, 154 for private sale, 15 for shared ownership and 99 for social rent. These early phases will establish a benchmark of quality both for the remaining phases of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration project and for other emerging developments in the area.

WORK SO FAR

So far, the regeneration has already delivered through Phase 1A which was completed in September 2015:

  • 98 new homes in Camellia House and Blashill Court. 79 of these were let to social housing residents, a further 8 were 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.
  • A new Swan Regional Office has been opened in Blashill Court, putting Swan’s housing team in the heart of the regeneration.
  • A new public square and improved public space.
  • A new Community Hub, known as The Reach, was formally opened on October 13 2016.
    This fantastic new facility will be used to deliver a wide variety of community activities over two floors, featuring a main hall, three smaller rooms and a teaching kitchen. The Reach has been developed to ensure that it is as inclusive as possible and will be managed by Swan’s Community Development Team. Activities and hiring of the hall have been developed around local need and consultation. Initial projects due to be delivered from the site include youth activities, residents meetings, healthy eating sessions, employment and training programmes and exercise sessions.
  • A replacement mosque which has been formally opened on 22 May 2016.
  • Funded an extension to the local Woolmore School, enabling it to increase capacity from a single form to three form entry.

 

Phase 1A completion.
Mill Green View
Phase 1A completion.
Robin Hood Land View
Swan office
Swan office

Phase 1B

This phase is now on site following the formal ground break on 13 October 2016 where James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London, formally marked the start of work. Phase 1B will deliver 242 homes, of which 200 will be for private sale in order to cross fund the fully affordable Phase 1A.

The remaining homes at Phase 1b will be made up of 36 homes for social rent and six homes for shared ownership. They will be accommodated in three buildings, set around a new public square next to the Blackwall DLR station, which will re-establish the way the site connects to its 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.

Swan’s core team for the development of Phase 1b is made up of Hill Partnerships as contractor, Arcadis as Employers Agent, BPTW Architects and Price and Myers Engineers. The new homes are expected to be completed in 2019.

RoofCam

Live images of the works from the rooftop camera at Blackwall.


Phase 2

Swan Housing Association recently received planning approval from London Borough of Tower Hamlets for Phase 2. The approved plans were submitted following extensive public consultations 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 approved scheme delivers 268 new homes across four new buildings.

Demolition of the existing buildings located within the Phase 2 boundary is underway.


Later Phases

A Compulsory Purchase Order has been confirmed for Phases 1b, 2 and 3. CF Moller have been appointed to design Phase 3 following a formal tender process. 

Negotiations are ongoing with regards to the land assembly required for Phase 4 and these are currently in the design stages. 


Regeneration Latest News

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Jan 23, 2018, 4:26 PM
Contractors update on the dust produced around the demolition site.
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Aug 21, 2017, 1:56 PM
Phase 1b photographic building progress from Hill dated 31 July 2017.
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Jun 28, 2017, 4:25 PM
Swan Housing Association, which is delivering the £300m regeneration of Robin Hood Gardens, in Tower Hamlets in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets ("LBTH") and the Mayor of London, is delighted to announce the appointment of C.F. Møller as the architects for Phase 3 of the regeneration, known as Blackwall Reach.

Read the latest Photographic from Hill 30-7-17 here: Progress Report