Proposals by dRMM to convert an east London municipal office building into flats, as part of a 185-home private-rental development, have been submitted for planning
The plans for East Ham Town Hall Annex will add two new storeys onto the original 1930s main building, but remove existing ‘unsympathetic’ extensions.
The refurbished annex building, on Barking Road, would provide a total of 37 new homes, plus a ground floor café area and communal courtyard garden. A further 148 new homes would be provided in two new seven storey blocks behind the annex building, on the site of the current site of the disused Didsbury Building.
dRMM drew up the plans for Newham Council’s Red Door Ventures special-purpose vehicle, which was set up to increase the number of private-rental properties in the borough and to reinvest profits from lettings. Its first development was a 36-home modular scheme designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Jonas Lencer, dRMM director responsible for the East Ham project, said Newham and Red Door were blazing a trail in terms of using their own sites to shape the local property market.
‘The Town Hall Annex is a quite interesting building, and it’s part of East Ham Civic Centre,’ he said.
‘Including a café or restaurant and residents’ facilities on the ground floor keeps some public access to the building, while replacing the Didsbury Centre with new housing gives a sense of continuity between the annex and existing homes off the main street.’
Red Door chair Lesley-Anne Alexander said the proposals were a “sustainable brownfield” development” adjacent to East Ham town centre, and with excellent public transport connections.
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