The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has granted planning consent to proposals submitted by Studio Egret West and HawkinsBrown on behalf of Galliard Homes for a residential-led development of 1500 homes at Millharbour Village in the Docklands area of London, UK.
The consent gives the go-ahead for a high-density mixed-use neighbourhood in South Quay, which will include schools, parks, commercial space, office space and 1,500 new homes, creating a significant new community on the Isle of Dogs.
Originated through an Urban Design Framework in 2012 (developed in consultation with London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the GLA), the development will consist of six buildings and will create over a hectare of new public space, including two parks.
A new three form entry, state-run primary school will be included and the masterplan will create the capacity for the relocation and enlargement of the existing educational and performance arts uses in the area.
Lucas Lawrence, Associate Director at Studio Egret West said: “The proposals at Millharbour Village have remained true to the founding principles captured in the original Urban Design Framework. The new public realm and the non-residential lower floor uses fuse together to ensure a strong identity at the heart of the ‘village’.
“This unified design approach has been reflected in the family of residential buildings above which, although each have their individual expression, work together to create a strong sense of place. The appearance of SEW’s proposals is defined by each buildings particular approach to the design of the winter gardens; double height, wrapping or deep enclosed amenity spaces become the expression of the buildings character.”
Greg Moss, Partner at HawkinsBrown said: “The proposals for Millharbour Village have been developed in close collaboration with Galliard Homes and have provided a unique opportunity to create a scheme with a real sense of place and cohesion of community. Working again with Studio Egret West has built upon the strength of our existing relationship and has allowed the benefits of genuine collaboration to be integrated into the design.”
Studio Egret West is the masterplanner and landscape architect for the development. The architecture has been designed by both Studio Egret West and HawkinsBrown in a collaboration that follows their previous partnership on the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, where the two practices were nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2013.
The two practices are collaborating across the site in a truly integrated manner, working across both the East and West of Millharbour Village. Each practice is completing the design of three of the six buildings. Studio Egret West is leading on Millharbour West while HawkinsBrown is leading on Millharbour East. The non-residential accommodation areas have also been distributed between the two practices.
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