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PLP halves size of Stratford tower to appease planners

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PLP Architecture has more than halved the size of its ‘co-living’ scheme in Stratford, east London, after consultations with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

According to the design and access statement for the approved project, the practice’s original high-rise proposal of 2015 was scaled down from 17,000m² to 7,888m² after an ‘extensive consultation process’ with the LLDC.

The primary revisions include reducing the height of main tower from 30 to 19 storeys and the removal of the ‘apart-hotel’.

The reworked scheme, which has now been rubberstamped by the LLDC, includes 250 rooms to rent, a sauna, library, cinema room, outdoor hot tub, roof terraces, and gallery space. 

Sarah Christie, development director at project backer and co-living property company The Collective, said: ‘Due to the popularity of the now fully-let [scheme at Old Oak], and following feedback on our initial proposals from the LLDC, we decided to only focus on our core product – co-living – in Stratford.

‘We worked closely with the LLDC to revise our submission and we look forward to expanding our distinct housing offer to Stratford.’

Andrei Martin, partner at PLP Architecture, said: ‘The identity of the project is not conferred through a flamboyant shape or through an overwrought façade, but rather by its collective event spaces, which form the lifeblood of the building.

‘The project, therefore, has a simple, calm and dignified façade and a streamlined, slender silhouette. Against this calm composition, the rooftop amenity spaces stand out as an extraordinary counterpoint; an expressive beacon in the sky.’

Work is expected to start on site in January 2018, with a completion date scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019. 

Project data

Location 304-312 High Street, Stratford, London E15
Type of project Co-living with an element of mixed-use, including co-working
Client The Collective
Architect PLP Architecture
Landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer WSP
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Start on site date January 2018
Completion date Late 2018-early 2019
Gross internal floor area 7,888m²
Environmental consultant Aecom

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