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Friday01 August 2014

First Look: Peabody housing scheme by PCKO Architects

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PCKO Architects’ winning scheme for a new Peabody housing scheme on a 1.6ha site in Newham, east London

PCKO Architects has unveiled images of its winning scheme for a new Peabody housing scheme on a 1.6ha site in Newham, east London.

The 150 Homes for 150 Years competition asked architects to consider the relationship between buildings and the open spaces around them. The commission, part of Peabody’s 150th anniversary celebrations, is for a mix of affordable and market homes on the Plaistow Old Hospital site.

PCKO’s design opens up the formerly walled, inward-looking site, establishing a street frontage of three-bedroom terrace houses that continues the rhythm and grain of the surrounding area. Deeper within the site, the massing is scaled up to four-storey apartment blocks that match the existing Victorian hospital buildings that are being retained.

The proposal aims to “re-engineer the traditional terrace house for the 21st century”

The proposal aims to “re-engineer the traditional terrace house for the 21st century”, with a flexible, adaptable model fit for changing patterns of family life. The rooftop is designed to allow an extension — or be used as a vegetable garden or for beekeeping — while the interior is adaptable, with non-loadbearing partitions and sliding screens instead of conventional doors. Internal galleries bring light deep into the plan and can be adapted into balconies or sunspaces.

Peabody chairman Christopher Strickland praised the architect’s approach to creating different kinds of public spaces across the site, progressing from a large communal square to more intimate spaces with allotments, as well as the way the proposal imagined how residents’ lives would change over time.

PCKO will now be com-missioned to develop the design to a full planning application, which will include a mix of affordable and market homes.

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