Build to rent lifts off in East London

Michael Hammond
Friday 02 Jun 2017

2012 Olympic Legacy delivers new affordable homes

London based HawkinsBrown has announced that it has won planning consent for 524 new rental homes in East London.

The London Legacy Development Corporation has granted planning for Plot NO6 at East Village, a significant development within the flagship build-to-rent neighbourhood, on behalf of Get Living. 

Asked what the difference was between the Development Corporation process and other London Boroughs, Seth Rutt, Partner at HawkinsBrown explained: “Our experience with the LLDC planning team has been very good through the delivery of Here East, numerous projects in Fish Island and with consent granted this week for Plot N06 at East Village.  I wouldn’t say it’s easy to get planning within the LLDC area – but it is more straightforward.  The approach is very pro-development – however, the LLDC is also exacting in terms of design standards- which is the way it should be. Notably, the planning committee includes very highly respected advisors drawn from the industry and offers a paradigm for how committees could be better run in many other London Boroughs.” 

…and on the emerging rental sector in London, Seth reported, “The Build to Rent sector is developing quickly in the UK – and that means accepted norms for best practice are still being established.  We’re especially pleased that our client has taken a leap of faith with us to develop a socially connected building with a focus on communal space and interaction.  This isn’t intended as a vanilla apartment building – we want to build a community that lives works and plays together.”

Alongside 524 new rental homes, Get Living’s new planning consent includes the provision of new commercial space as part of the post-Olympic legacy delivery phase, and captures the latest thinking in terms of the Build to Rent market.

HawkinsBrown’s design focuses on a socially unified building, to encourage interaction between residents and promote extended tenancies. Two towers, at 26 and 31 storeys, and two ten-storey pavilions have been merged into a single organism connected by a high level inhabited skybridge. The skybridge layer provides generous shared amenity space, which includes communal dining, screening room, wellness studio, meeting space and informal working – which in turn opens out onto two generous roof gardens with fantastic views over the Queen Elizabeth Park and the Village. The amenity layer forms the beating heart of the building and every apartment is connected to it via a single internal lift journey.

At ground floor, a Superlobby provides concierge, informal working and an automated e-commerce delivery / collection facility. The ground floor commercial offer will be carefully developed by Get Living to work symbiotically with the apartments above.

The apartments, comprising a range of studios, one, two and three-bedroom sizes will be available in three brand tiers to suit different tastes and budgets.

The building is respectful to the established East Village architecture with a precast façade grid – whilst adding joy with a nuanced palette of coloured glass panels.

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