Schemes form first wave of 734-home Custom House masterplan in east London

Adam Khan Architects and Haworth Tompkins have won planning permission for three blocks of flats in east London that form the first part of a 734-home masterplan for the Custom House Estate.

The so-called “kickstart” projects will deliver 95 Affordable London Rent homes in three blocks on two separate sites north of Custom House Station in Newham, which is now served by Elizabeth Line trains.

Adam Khan is responsible for two of the blocks, which will deliver 66 homes on Leslie Street, one of which will be seven storeys in height and the other eight storeys.

Haworth Tompkins’ eight-storey block will deliver 29 homes on a plot in Freemasons Road. It will also feature 141sq m of commercial space at ground-floor level.

The land on Leslie Road is currently vacant but has previously been used as community growing space; the Freemasons Road site houses a two story building that was previously used as a Citizens Advice Bureau.


Adam Khan Architects’ two-block proposals for the first phase of the Custom House masterplan

Recommending the proposals for approval to members of Newham Council’s strategic planning committee on Tuesday night, planning officers said both practices’ schemes had “evolved positively” through the design-review process and were considered “high quality” developments.

Although the proposals form part of the Custom House Masterplan area, an outline application for the broader scheme has yet to be submitted.

Nevertheless, members of Newham’s cabinet gave their backing to the business case for the masterplan in July, and it includes the sites earmarked for Adam Khan and Haworth Tompkins’ homes.


Haworth Tompkins’ proposals for the first phase of the Custom House masterplan

A report to Tuesday’s meeting said up to 50% of the 734 homes expected to be delivered over the masterplan’s 10-year lifespan would be “affordable”.

Hill Partnerships is the contractor for the Leslie Street and Freemasons Road homes.


Haworth Tompkins’ proposals