Designs for the second phase of the project to regenerate the Robin Hood Gardens estate in Poplar have been released. Swan Housing Association has submitted a planning application for the next tranche of redevelopment at the site, one of five in the scheme to replace 252 homes with 1,575 as well as commercial premises and community facilities.
Architects Metropolitan Workshop and Haworth Tompkins have each designed two blocks for the second phase, which will see 268 homes split across four buildings.
Swan Housing Group executive director regeneration and development Geoff Pearce said: “These firms were selected as joint architects for the next phase of Blackwall Reach because of their track record in delivering high quality urban design and architecture in residential and mixed use projects.
“We believe their designs complement each other and provide an inspired and deliverable redevelopment plan for the next phase of the regeneration of Blackwall Reach.”
The scheme retains the original central park and mound within Robin Hood Gardens, a Brutalist estate that spawned an unsuccessful campaign to save the dilapidated buildings, the only work by architects Alison and Peter Smithson to come to fruition.
Stirling Prize-winner Haworth Tompkins ’ director Toby Jackson said: “We respect the legacy of the Smithsons and have been all too aware of the intellectual challenge involved in working on Blackwall Reach.
“However, we have worked closely with Metropolitan Workshop and Swan Housing to deliver a scheme that will preserve and enhance the open space and the heart of the estate, improve the relationship the new buildings make to the surrounding streets and provide better homes for the existing residents of the estate, as well as additional homes to meet the demand in this fast changing part of London.”
Meanwhile the first phase of the project is set to be completed in 2015, with homes hitting the market in 2016 with NU Living .
No exact date has been set. Local buyers will get first dibs for three months, then London buyers for another three before anyone else can reserve a property.
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