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Arc-ML submits Ikea east London plans

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Arc-ML has submitted plans for a 10.5 hectare mixed-use development for Ikea’s property arm in Stratford, east London

Designed around five ‘notional’ quarters, the scheme features 1,200 new homes, a 350 bedroom hotel and 58,000m² of offices, workshops and restaurants.

The Strand East project is close to the Olympic Park and features 2 hectares of open space including a new waterside park.

Andrew Cobden, UK manager of Ikea’s property arm LandProp, said: ‘Strand East will be an outstanding place to live and work, built with the long term in mind and to the highest standards, respecting the environment and celebrating the heritage of the area. We see Strand East as a place for families and businesses to grow and put down strong roots.

‘Work is well underway on Dane’s Yard, the first phase of Strand East which already has planning consent with the restaurant and exhibition space opening in June. I very much hope that the planning application will be met with similar approval, so that we can progress the delivery of Strand East for the benefit of all.’

The hybrid planning application was submitted to London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and has been validated by the London Borough of Newham.


Strand East’s five quarters


1. The North East Quarter of the site is subject to a detailed planning application which will create a creative quarter built around a re-established Dane’s Yard, including a new restaurant.  The first phase of this development already has planning permission, with Dane’s Yard to be bought forward as the location for a new 40m high illuminated sculpture set within a landscaped public square and a new destination restaurant to be operated by Graysons.

2. A Commercial Quarter would sit along the northern part of the site, adjoining the high street, which will include 58,000m² of business space and a 350 room Marriot hotel, abutting the northern and western boundaries of the site. 

3. A Residential Quarter sits at the heart of Strand East which will be characterised by low level mews housing, with shared internal garden courtyards and semi-private spaces.

4. A Riverside Quarter - east and west, will sit at the waterside edges of Strand East with housing arranged in a linear fashion along the waterfront. In some instances buildings may be placed immediately on the water’s edge, in other locations it would be set back to create public space adjacent to the water.

5. The Hub is the quarter at the south end of the site, with a community building at its heart, surrounded by cafes, bars and small shops that will look out onto a public square and the water beyond. The Hub will build on existing amenities, including the House Mill and café in the listed building at Three Mills and Three Mills Green, which offers attractive open space.



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