Derelict office block makes way for affordable new homes

Glenman Corporation has awarded rpa:group with RIBA stage 4-6 for a new-build apartment scheme, which will deliver 8 new homes to London’s Canning Town area.

A redundant office block is being demolished to make way for the scheme, which will see the construction of a new apartment building that will provide 8 new homes, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms for the community. The 335 sqm site on the corner of New Barn Street and Adine Road site is conveniently located 0.9 mile north-east of Canning Town underground, the DLR and a bus station.

The scheme forms part of an ambitious development programme being undertaken by the London borough of Newham, with the aim of delivering high-quality residential accommodation and providing homes for affordable social rent tenure.

The new building has been sensitively designed to ensure that it sits comfortably within the surrounding residential context, while at the same time creating a much-needed feature for the corner site, with a distinctive and contemporary character reflective of its time. References to the local and widely used traditional brick is being made through the detailing, yet in a contemporary manner. Both street frontages are softened by features such as set-back elements and projecting balconies. The flat roof has been designed as a ‘blue roof’ to increase water attenuation capacity of the site.

Window openings have been designed to maintain privacy and prevent overlooking, while simultaneously taking advantage of the orientation and southern exposure of the street elevations. The rear footprint of the building is  carefully set back, and its volume has been reduced, to respect proximity to existing neighbours. This will also result in the creation of a private garden for a ground floor flat, as well as a side servicing alley. Work on site has commenced in April 2022, with completion expected in the Autumn of 2023.

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