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Waugh Thistleton Architects submits micro-homes scheme in east London


Waugh Thistleton Architects has presented plans for a micro-home development in Leyton, east London 

The 15,400m² scheme for developer Pocket Living includes 210 homes and 1,000m² of light industrial units for the site on Osier Way.

The plans have been submitted to the London Borough of Waltham Forest for the flats, which average 38m² in gross internal area, in six blocks ranging from six to 13 storeys. 

The roofs of the blocks will be landscaped, providing residents with outdoor spaces with gardens, gym facilities and allotment spaces.

The scheme also includes double-height light industrial units at street level with floor-to-ceiling glazing.

The majority – 84 per cent – of the proposed units in Osier Way will be one-bedroom flats, with some two and three-bedroom flats included. 

Waltham Forest’s planning policy requires a dwelling mix that focuses on larger, family-sized homes. However, according to Pocket’s planning statement, its scheme is excepted.

It says: ’Provision of more larger-sized homes within Pocket developments compromises the model by reducing the overall number of units, affecting the viability of the scheme as a whole.’

Despite being for private sale, Pocket describes the scheme as classed as 100 per cent ‘intermediate’ affordable, as all units are sold at 20 per cent below market value.

Under the Pocket model, which is backed by the Mayor of London and Homes England, flats are only eligible to first-time buyers who live or work in the local area.

It would be the developer’s second scheme in the borough, with the first, Gort Scott’s Gainsford Road in Walthamstow, completed in 2018.

Pocket also recently completed an award-winning tower of 89 micro-flats designed by Metropolitan Workshop in Wandsworth.

Osier Way is due to start on site in 2020. 

Waugh thistleton osier way massing model cluster

Waugh thistleton osier way massing model cluster

Project data

Architect Waugh Thistleton Architects 
Client Pocket Living
Landscape Architect BD Landscape Architects
Planning Consultant Boyer
Principal Designer 3CRisk
Project Manager Pocket Living
Structural Engineer Robert Bird Group
M&E consultant Meinhardt
Quantity Surveyor Equals Consulting

Waugh thistleton osier way ne elevation 1 200

Waugh thistleton osier way ne elevation 1 200


Readers' comments (4)

  • No plans of the 'micro homes,' no interior images, a meaningless site plan at odds with the 'massing model' and an exterior image suggesting that 'light industry' is another word for street cafe.

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  • Why are these 'Micro homes' those blocks look suitable for 'Normal homes' one bed or otherwise? What is 20% below market rate for shoeboxes? Is this simply shrinkflation of housing?

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    Um... Microhomes... in Leyton? isn't this double-dipping on the cost saving? don't you move to Leyton in order to not live in a "micro-home"? microhomes in Islington maybe but living in Leyton?
    You have to cook on top of your bed, your living room chair in the corner doubles up as a toilet to avoid needing a bathroom and you have to shower in the sink...in Leyton?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Is this a solution or a dystopian experiment in psychological stamina

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  • Micro homes are clearly the future as we move towards a global population of 10 billion. Lateral thinking from the aerospace industry could also be useful, such as the emergency lavatory on Lear Jets, which involved a lavatory bowl underneath a lift off the seat cushion. These developments have extensive communal facilities, so are very little private space is necessary. Eventually we will just need a vertical suspended animation tube in order to get some sleep.

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