The scheme was a collaboration between Barratt Homes London, the London Development Agency and Circle Anglia Housing Association, providing 964 residential units, a healthcare centre and a community centre set within a network of communal and public open spaces. 50% of the residential units are affordable and 30% family housing.
St Andrews Gardens was designed to be the lively, active space in the scheme and to form a green gateway into the site from Bromley-by-Bow Station. This new route has opened up the site to surrounding neighbourhoods as well as provide views into the space, encouraging people to visit and pass through. The park includes a series of smaller useable spaces for active play as well as quieter areas for seating. In addition a hard paved area, adjacent to the community building, allows overspill space for local events. The smaller spaces are located within a terrace of sculptural landforms to create a strong visual interest, while also providing step free access across the 5.8m level change.
Reeves Park by contrast is a linear green 'pocket park' that forms the northern boundary of the site, and is broken down into a series of sub-spaces accommodating a range of activities. This includes play facilities, seating and a community garden of raised beds made from the reclaimed bricks of the former hospital.
Within the lush internal courtyard gardens of Blocks A, B and C, the landscape responds to the architectural diversity by providing three distinct semi-private spaces for local residents. 'Door stop' play is incorporated within the courtyards, integrating features made of natural materials such as boulders, stepping logs and seating all set amongst lawn and herbaceous planting.