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PLP bids to double size of Westferry Printworks scheme

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Proposals to double the size of PLP Architecture’s already-consented Westferry Printworks scheme in east London have been submitted for planning

Project backer Westferry Developments handed over a full planning application for a 1,540-home scheme to Tower Hamlets Council.

This is a dramatic expansion of the 722-home proposals for the site approved by Boris Johnson in the final days of his term in office as mayor of London in 2016 (see below).

As well as the residential units, the latest scheme would deliver shops, restaurants, workspaces, two parks and other public spaces.

The new application requests permission to radically increase the heights of buildings, with the largest tower rising from 30 storeys to 46; all 10 consented buildings proposed to get taller; and a fresh 32-level structure added to the plans.

Development manager Mace said the new planning application responded to the draft London Plan, which gives Tower Hamlets Council a target of more than 3,500 new homes a year.

More than a third of the homes created by the revised scheme would be classed as affordable – up from a fifth in the original proposals. There will be a mixture of units for sale and rent.

The latest designs include gardens, play areas, a dockside promenade, an outdoor gym, a food-growing area, play fountains and a woodland walk. 

Sporting facilities, a community centre and crèche, a health centre, and a 1,200-space secondary school remain part of the plans.

Mace development director Mike Myles said:The submission of a new planning application for Westferry Printworks is a real statement of intent that aligns itself with both the needs of the local community and the delivery of new and affordable homes for Londoners.

‘We are extremely proud to be part of this flagship scheme that will contribute significantly to the enhancement of this area while fully aligning with the London Plan.’ 

LDA Design has worked as part of the design team for the public open spaces on the former marshland site. Design director Cannon Ivers said: ’We looked at how the site’s spaces could accommodate a range of activities that would build community cohesion across all ages and backgrounds and a sense of place.’

Buildings have already been demolished on the site, which was home to the largest printing works in Europe until 2011.

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EARLIER DESIGN: PLP’s original proposal for the Westferry Printworks site from 2016

Source: Cityscape

EARLIER DESIGN: PLP’s original proposal for the Westferry Printworks site from 2016

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