Sheppard Robson has submitted plans to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for a residential-led, mixed-use development in Whitechapel. Located on Cavell Street, the project for KTS Group Ltd will be formed of a 24-storey residential high-rise building (Building One) which sits alongside another eight-storey building (Building Two) that will house 40,000 sq ft of new office space and 28 dual-aspect, affordable residential apartments. The two elements will be linked and enlivened by a series of public and external spaces.
Building One, the 85-appartment high-rise element, will occupy the north end of the site and will house commercial space on the ground level to animate the project at street level. The exterior of the building will be characterised by metallic cladding, with the textured surface detail a subtle representation of the area’s heritage of textile making.
Vertical windows to the north and south elevations will frame views of London and the streetscape below, whilst maximising the amount of daylight into the apartments. The east and west sides are more solid in appearance, with horizontal windows carefully positioned to avoid solar gain and frame panoramic views of the City of London.
Building One, as with the overall development, will be characterised by generous communal spaces. The homes will have large, recessed balconies; this will create an opportunity for residents to add greenery to the exterior that will contribute to the identity of the building.
A landscaped pedestrian route will mediate between Building One and the eight-storey mixed-use Building Two. The top four floors of the latter house affordable residential, with four levels of flexible workspace below this. Building Two will have an outdoor communal terrace, with brown roofs and photovoltaics positioned on the top of the development to boost its environmental performance. This low-rise element of the project is carefully moulded to its urban setting: the upper levels of Building Two are stepped to integrate into the surrounding urban fabric whilst at ground level the building has curved corners to create visible connections between the development, neighbouring buildings and public spaces.
The overall massing of the project will be consistent with the development plans of the neighbouring site, which will create high-density amenities for a part of London that will soon be connected to Crossrail. The density of the development could allow affordable housing, currently located on a neighbouring site, to be relocated within the new development. This would create an opportunity for a new public space on the adjacent site which will visible from the development.
Alan Shingler, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The overarching aim of the project is to provide something new to an area of London that is undergoing significant change. The project – which includes high-quality and high-density homes, as well as catering for SMEs and TMT businesses – is a development that resonates with the ambition of the area and acts as a marker for future plans.”