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Metropolitan Workshop wins appeal for homes at listed rectory

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Metropolitan Workshop has won planning approval for a ‘deferential’ residential scheme at a listed rectory in Poplar, east London

The London-based practice’s designs for the Diocese of London include five houses to be built next to the Grade II*-listed All Saints Church and Grade II-listed rectory at Newby Place.

Tower Hamlets Council rejected the 508m² scheme in April last year, but that decision has now been overturned on appeal.

Metropolitan workshop's designs for all saints rectory in poplar

Metropolitan Workshop’s scheme at All Saints Rectory in Poplar

Concerns had been raised that the designs would harm the historic integrity of the rectory building, but the planning inspectorate ruled that the designs were suitably ‘deferential’ to the three-storey Victorian villa.

Designs show how the new houses will be set within an L-shaped loggia along the front façade, with a courtyard garden and details that reference the design features of the listed buildings.

The upper storeys of each home will be contained within a copper-tiled mansard roof which curves at the parapet to reduce its visibility and forms a discreet balustrade to the private roof terraces above. 

Tom Mitchell, Associate Director at Metropolitan Workshop associate director Tom Mitchell said the practice was fortunate to work on such a historically interesting site. 

‘The built heritage of All Saints provided us with a rich palette for design inspiration,’ he added, ‘while the incredibly sensitive context and site constraints demanded a proposal of exceptional quality.’

The planning inspectorate’s decision letter said: ‘With a limited palette of materials, including brick elevations, metal-clad roof and stone loggia, [the project] would successfully integrate a contemporary design into this historic setting. 

’For this reason it would preserve its subservient relationship with All Saints Church and its functional and visual links.’

Work is expected to start on the project in January 2019.

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160826 elevations 100 a1 small gates copy

Project data

Location All Saints Rectory, Poplar
Type of project Residential, working with existing and listed building site context
Client Diocese of London
Architect Metropolitan Workshop
Landscape architect ME Landscape Studio
Planning consultant Mavenplan
Funding Diocese of London
Start on site date January 2019
Contract duration circa 18 months
Gross internal floor area: 508m²

Site plan colour first

Site plan colour first



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