Communal, connected, and country living in the city
The mixed use, residential-led development, Quayside Quarter in London, responds to the current housing crisis, delivering 2,000 affordable family homes alongside a new neighbourhood of public spaces, canal side park, potential new film studio and allied creative industrial workspace.
Following the win of an architectural competition, we designed two of the new building blocks - E & F - and worked as part of a multi-disciplinary design team and collaborated with a number of architectural practices to create a collective, cohesive response to the masterplan for the wider area.
The two new apartment blocks sit on the former Honey Monster factory site and integrate workspace, community and retail offerings, forming a new, vibrant and thriving community where people are proud to live and work.
Our strategically placed blocks E & F will sit prominently in the scheme, forming an important frontage to Glade Lane Canal-side Park, and an east gateway to the development.
A welcome addition to the London borough
Inspired by the 15-minute neighbourhood concept, the regeneration of Quayside Quarter is a significant opportunity to deliver an ‘exemplar-in-design’ mixed use destination, with all the amenities people could need to lead a happy and fulfilling lifestyle.
Delivering easier connections to regular health services, the integrated doctor’s surgery sits on the ground floor of the development, providing people with convenient, discreet access. In addition, the development benefits from excellent transport links to London and its exciting job and business opportunities, supporting residents to work well and flourish.
Designed with nature at the fore
We were selected to design Blocks E & F sitting on the east side of the former industrial site, with the concept that the two buildings will work together to form a sentinel-like east gateway to Quayside Quarter. Access will be enabled between both blocks from Glade Lane to reach Glade Lane Square, a prominent turning point of the main development axis.
We prioritised the health and wellbeing of local people with stronger connections to the outdoors. The design is inspired by the contained greenery and openness of Glade Lane Park. We made use of the existing surrounding greenery, incorporating biophilic principles into our design, alongside plenty of biodiverse planting to ensure the development is full of colour light and breathes more life into the area.
With nature at the fore, much of the design of both apartment buildings incorporates mature trees and greenery for a distinct and recognisable look and feel. Our grid trellis design frames the facade, with the green colour lightening as it grows vertically, blending with the surrounding landscape.
Every home will benefit from access to private balconies, as well as communal gardens at podium level and vibrant roof terraces on the top floor.
Making use of the existing site, and taking advantage of the differentiating heights of the buildings, will create animation to the skyline profile, highlighting that each block has its own identity and purpose.
Communal spaces woven into the development
Sitting as part of a new public square, Quayside Quarter prioritises community, encouraging neighbourliness and togetherness. The duplex family homes, which sit on the ground floor, boast welcoming front gardens and separate entrances for added privacy and security.
Plenty of communal gardens are dotted around the development, which provide the ideal space for people to get together, socialise and enjoy being outside. We also included communal, brown and green roof terraces which offer excellent views of the surrounding area.
The delivery 200 new family homes, in a beautiful, green location, as part of a wider masterplan.
Part of the regeneration of the Northern Gateway, the residential development sits as an exemplar in affordable, community-driven living.
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A mixture of much-needed apartments and townhouses spread across three character areas – Riverside, Marshgate Drive and Mead Lane.