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.
This phase of development is now entering it’s final stages of construction following the initial ground break on 13 October 2016 where James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London, formally marked the start of work. On site currently, we are installing the factory fabricated brick panels to form the external façade of the buildings, whilst inside, snagging of completed apartments has started following an intensive period of quality benchmarking. 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 6 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. A new piece of contemporary public art has been commissioned for the new square and is due to be delivered by artist Jo Chapman in time for completion of the buildings from mid 2019.
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 will complete in 2019.
This time lapse video shows the construction progress so far at Blackwall Reach. All in under two minutes!
Live images of the works from the rooftop camera at Blackwall.
Swan Housing Association received planning approval from London Borough of Tower Hamlets for Phase 2 on 30 November 2016. 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.
Demolition of the existing buildings located within the Phase 2 boundary was completed early in 2018 and construction is now well underway. Sheet piling adjacent to Cotton Street has been carried out to ensure the structures are sufficiently retained and CFA piling for the four residential blocks is due to complete shortly. Early 2019 will see the first concrete slabs being poured at basement and ground floor levels and commencement of the concrete frame.
Designed by Metropolitan Workshop and Haworth Tompkins, acting as joint architects, the core team includes NU living as main contractor and Rider Levett Bucknall as Independent Certifier. The approved scheme delivers 50% affordable housing across 268 new homes in four new buildings and includes 99 homes for social rent. Phase 2 also includes the first half of a reinvigorated park in the centre of the regeneration site, which will contain a combination of play spaces, planted areas and a new thoroughfare for the local community to enjoy.
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.
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