A housing development of 67 flats for Peabody, close to the railway creating a new pedestrian public street. An example of how to combine affordable, shared ownership and market sale homes on a noisy urban site. RIBA Award Winner 2015.
The scheme for Peabody is a new-build development designed by Pitman Tozer Architects providing 67 new homes for rent, shared ownership and private sale. It is one of the first schemes in London to deliver affordable rented housing under the Affordable Rent Model, a Government initiative introduced in April 2012.
Replacing a single-storey of light industrial units and a car park, the new £11m development is located on a busy urban site alongside a railway viaduct in Bethnal Green, East London. It is close to the open parkland of Weavers Fields and amidst a dense mix of light industrial businesses primarily servicing the city’s black cabs. Located alongside a brick warehouse building, the old Allen & Hanburys building, recently refurbished for small businesses, the two developments create an elegant ensemble, significantly improving this inner city neighbourhood.
The development creates a new London street, Mint Street, a paved pedestrian route between the overground and underground stations at Bethnal Green. Newly planted trees, yellow tiled benches and an integrated lighting scheme make the new street a valuable and safe public amenity.
The street paving is engraved with the winning entry in an urban design competition held to celebrate Peabody’s 150th anniversary in 2012, “Dates by decade from 1862- 2012” by Anisa Mafuza. A private landscaped courtyard with play space is situated to the rear of the building.
The 7-storey brick building curves in line with the adjacent railway viaduct. Providing well laid out accommodation, the building includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes on all levels. It updates the typology of the traditional mansion block, using housing to make city streets for the 21st century. Spacious and light-filled apartments are orientated southeast with living rooms overlooking the railway.
In between living rooms and the rail line, glazed winter gardens offer private amenity space and create a ‘buffer zone’ to provide acoustic and visual separation from the noise of passing trains. Only bedrooms are located on the quieter north-western side of the development, overlooking a communal courtyard.
Homes have been designed in accordance with the London Housing Design Guide, Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design and meet Level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes. The design ensures that thermal and acoustic comfort is achieved in all dwellings, through an easy to operate and low maintenance MVHR system which draws in clean air from the rear elevation.
RIBA London Regional Award 2015
New London Awards 2014 – Housing Category
Housing Design Awards 2014 – Completed Schemes
Inside Housing's Top 60 Developments 2015
National Housing Awards – Best Design
Housing Excellence Awards – Best New Affordable Housing
British Homes Awards – Affordable Housing Development
Brick Awards – Best Housing Development 26 Units or More & Best Craftsmanship Category
First Time Buyers Readers' Awards – Best Architectural Design & Best Medium Development