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pH+ wins planning for canal-side homes

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pH+ Architects has won the go-ahead for eight canal-side homes in east London 

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The 869m² scheme, which sits on a 465m² site in the Victoria Park Conservation Area, includes three houses, three duplexes and two flats.

It replaces three vacant buildings which had previously sat on the overgrown piece of land between the Hertford Union Canal and Old Ford Road.

The three-storey brick scheme features a folded facade which creates balcony spaces, supplemented by rooftop gardens cut into the serrated roof profile.

Old Ford Road by pH+ Architects

Old Ford Road by pH+ Architects

Architect’s view

The scale of the scheme: three storeys topped with a habitable roof level, sympathetically responds to both the scale of the Georgian Houses, which it fronts, and the adjacent apartment blocks along the canal. The project’s distinctive gabled profile references the rhythm of neighbouring terraces. Simple, robust forms feature large openings which maximise daylight to the interior living spaces and echo the industrial vernacular of the historic canal area.

The folding facade creates interstitial balcony spaces while opening up and framing views along the waterway and across to the park beyond. Ground-floor terraces are generously planted to create porous edges, encouraging the bio-diversity of the canal’s green corridor to thrive. These are supplemented by rooftop gardens cut into the serrated profile to create sheltered outside space while maintaining the sculptural quality of the overall form. 

Stock bricks are mixed with a reddish-purple variant in the scheme’s facades, stitching together the brick tones and materiality of both the recently developed area and the industrial past of its canal-side warehouses. The use of different bonding techniques to define upper and lower storeys adds scale and texture to the facades.

Project data

Location Old Ford Road, London
Type of project residential
Client Old Ford Road 
Architect pH+ Architects
Landscape architect BD Landscape Architects 
Planning consultant CMA Planning
Appointment repeat client
Gross internal floor area 869m²

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