Practice adds five storeys to estate-regeneration scheme centrepiece for Mount Anvil and One Housing
HTA Design is set to get the go-ahead for updated proposals for an east London estate regeneration scheme, drawn up for developer Mount Anvil and affordable housing provider One Housing.
The practice won consent to delver a 26-storey tower and low-rise houses and flats on a site bounded by Byng Street and Manilla Street on the Isle of Dogs last year. That scheme required the demolition of 24 houses and flats currently on the 0.3ha site south of Canary Wharf, and would have delivered 148 new properties.
HTA’s updated proposals increase the height of the tower to 31 storeys and would deliver a total of 202 new homes – including replacement properties for those currently on the L-shaped site, next to Pilbrow & Partners’ consented Alpha Square development. The tallest element of that scheme is 65 storeys.
The site is also near to Morris & Co’s proposed 52-storey Cuba Street tower, which members of Tower Hamlets council’s strategic development committee resolved to approve in March, and EPR’s proposed 48-storey student tower at 30 March Wall, approved at the same meeting.
Under HTA’s latest scheme, a total of 178 flats would be delivered in the tower, with the remainder of the new homes provided in two three-storey blocks and 12 three storey town houses. The scheme would also delver around 700sq m of creative workspace.
Recommending the scheme for approval at next week’s strategic development committee meeting, Tower Hamlets planning officers said the latest incarnation of the proposals would deliver an additional 54 homes on the site.
“The proposed housing accommodation would be of high quality, with the creation of varied type of accommodation,” they said.
“From a design perspective, the proposal positively responds to its local context through the delivery of a unique and high-quality design in a tall building zone. A single residential tower of 31 storeys is placed centrally within the site whilst lower elements are proposed along Byng and Manilla Streets.
“Of particular interest are three storey dwellinghouses along Byng Street which provide an attractive streetscape.”
Officers said all of the affordable-rent homes in the scheme would be in the low-rise blocks, the townhouses or the lowest storeys of the main tower.
Their report said 49% of the scheme’s homes would be “affordable”, measured by habitable room. A total of 108 of the new units – some of them studios – will be for market sale or rent, 36 homes will be “intermediate” tenure, and 58 homes will be for “affordable” rent.
Tower Hamlets’ strategic development committee meets from 6.30pm on 8 June to consider the application.