Horizons, Yabsley Street

Location: Poplar, LB Tower Hamlets;
Client: Telford Homes;
Uses: 190 apartments including 26 storeys tower. 30% affordable housing;

Yabsley Street presents a design challenge to maximise the spectacular panorama from this site located close to the bend in the river and adjacent the iconic skyline of Canary Wharf, whilst conserving the local heritage asset around the adjacent Poplar Dock. Consent was gained for two buildings; a tower extending to 26 storeys and a lower bock providing a connection with the neighbouring lower buildings. The tall building demanded high design quality to justify the proposal and careful dialogue was undertaken with both LB Tower Hamlets and CABE Officers who were supportive of the approach. The design detail sought to provide extensive outside amenity space for all apartments, with the living spaces benefitting from dual aspect across to the Thames to the South and East or the iconic backdrop of Canary Wharf to the west.

Consent was achieved at the beginning of 2013 and the development is currently on site.