Poplar Dock

Location: Poplar, LB Tower Hamlets;
Client: Bellway Homes Essex;
Uses: 450 apartments;
Award: Finalist of RIBA Housing Design Award 2000;

One of the last LDDC development sites. 476 houses and apartments on a waterside site. The site is bounded by Poplar Dock and Blackwall Basin between the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf. The urban design has public spaces, streets and paths which create a new quarter and maximise value by providing a high proportion of flats with a water view. The villa like building form assisted construction and contributed to early positive cash flow for the client. The site was formerly docks so had typically complex contamination problems and underground obstructions which were overcome to add value rather than cost.

The project was developed over a 5 year period during which an uplift of the Canary Wharf side flats was achieved in the context of other nearby developments.