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Pitman Tozer, dRMM and Karakusevic Carson win planning for east London homes

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Newham Council has granted planning permission to four linked schemes, totalling 217 homes, by Pitman Tozer Architects, dRMM and Karakusevic Carson Architects

The four schemes in the east London borough are backed by the council’s own arms-length housing company, Red Door Ventures.

Pitman Tozer Architects’ approved 20,036m² development straddles Plaistow Road and features 100 flats on the London Road plot, in a scheme rising to 23 storeys, and a further 82 homes in Valetta Grove in a building which steps up to 15 storeys.

Luke Tozer of Pitman Tozer Architects said: ‘Over multiple levels and across two sites, the scheme aims to create a harmonious and cohesive new urban centre in a challenging context where road and rail infrastructure intersect.

‘The architectural articulation of each building is unique, determined by its brief and situation; but the shared materials of brick, reconstituted stone and terracotta forge a common language, which ties the urban fabric together.’

Meanwhile, Karakusevic Carson Architects has designed two of the consented schemes – a low-rise development containing 12 flats on a former garage site in in Chargeable Lane and a separate three-storey terrace providing eight homes in Eve Road.

The fourth project is by dRMM and includes part two- and part four-storey buildings creating 15 flats in Alnwick Road.

All four developments will provide homes for the private rented sector, with the profits going back to Newham Council. Last year, 38 councils set up, or said they were considering setting up, their own arms-length housing developers – compared with just seven councils in 2014.

Kent Taylor, managing director of Red Door Ventures, said: ’More and more councils are setting up housing companies as a way of increasing the supply of accommodation in a borough and to also provide a return for the authority against a background of reduced general fund grant support coming from central government.

’These housing companies are good news for people looking for good quality accommodation with great services as well as local residents more generally who look to the authority for its services and support and will benefit from the dividend returns these companies will generate for councils.’

Project data (Karakusevic Carson Architects)

Location Site 1: Chargeable Lane; Site 2: Manor Road/ Eve Road
Type of project Residential 
Client Red Door Ventures
Architect Karakusevic Carson Architects
Landscape architect Karakusevic Carson Architects
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Tulley De’Ath
M&E consultant FHPP
Quantity surveyor Airey Miller
Planning supervisor DP9
Gross internal floor area Site 1: 1,226m²; Site 2: 910m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and build

Project data (dRMM)

Location Baxter Road, London E16
Type of project Residential, 15 affordable rental units
Client Red Door Ventures
Architect dRMM
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Tully De’Ath
M&E consultant AWA
Quantity surveyor Airey Miller Partnership
Start on site date 2018
Gross internal floor area 1,500m²

Project data (Pitman Tozer Architects)

Location Site 1: London Road, Newham, London E13; Site 2: Valetta Grove, Newham, London E13
Client Red Door Ventures
Site area 7,000m²
Gross internal area London Road: 11,839m²; Valetta Grove: 8,197m²
Architect Pitman Tozer Architects
Date of appointment November 2014
Start on site 2018
Completion 2021
Structural engineer Tully De’Ath Consultants
M&E FHPP
Building contractor Galliford Try Partnerships
Quantity surveyor Airey Miller Partnership
Project management Airey Miller Partnership
Landscape architect Gillespies
Sustainability consultant XCO2 Energy Ltd

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