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Metropolitan Workshop wins go-ahead for 115 homes in East End

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Metropolitan Workshop has won approval for 115 affordable homes on a former industrial site in Poplar, east London

The 10,700m² redevelopment of 83 Barchester Street in the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area is backed by the Canary Wharf Group.

The project forms part of the group’s ‘affordable housing programme commitment’ and a balance to its new Newfoundland Towers project - a 100 per cent private housing development (AJ 17.03.14).

The Barchester scheme features a six-storey building which will replace a 1956 warehouse and a pair of four and five-storey blocks built within an existing 1939 factory building.

The architect’s view

The distinctive saw-tooth profile of the existing  factory is echoed in the new roof profile as a series of saw tooth spines that successively step up from Balladier Walk and Barchester Street.

The new elevations are composed primarily of brickwork which includes recessed stretchers and cross motifs which reference the existing Festival inspired architectureon the adjacent Lansbury estate.

A new link building connects creates a threshold to the central landscaped yard.

Metropolitan Worshop's Balladier Walk - bay study

Metropolitan Worshop’s Balladier Walk - bay study

Project data

Submitted for planning September 2014
Accommodation 115 new homes over 4, 5 and 6 storeys
Sector 100 per cent affordable housing
Address 83 Barchester Street, Poplar, London
Client Canary Wharf Group
Architect Metropolitan Workshop
Local authority London Borough Tower Hamlets
Quantity surveyor Canary Wharf Group
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Walsh Group
M&E consultant MG Partnership
Landscape architect Philip Cave Associates
Access consultant BuroHappold Engineering
Ecology Waterman Group
Transport SDG
Heritage and Townscape: Peter Stewart Consultancy
Daylight, Sunlight and Overshadowing : eb7


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