Blackwall Reach Phase II

Swan Housing Group
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project is a major residential led development of the Robin Hood Garden Estate. The project aim was to deliver 1575 new, high-quality homes for both existing and new residents alongside community facilities, shops, an enhanced school and improved links to surrounding neighbourhoods and a new park.
Masterplan Development
Townshend Landscape Architects worked alongside Horden Cherry Lee Architects as part of the original master planning team. The master plan public realm strategy and design codes, were submitted on behalf of the Housing Association and Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, receiving outline consent in 2012. Townshend's have since worked on Phase 2 of the proposals. A Landscape and Public Realm Strategy was submitted for planning in July 2016, which builds on the principles established in the consented master plan to deliver a completely new, improved environment for existing and new residents. Phase 2 includes a new municipal park called Millenium Green, green links and spaces, a comprehensive play strategy, community garden, street typologies, along with street furniture, paving, planting and lighting strategies. The design includes rain gardens (SuDS) and a green, attractive setting for the new residential buildings as well as a valuable amenity for the whole estate and wider community.
Existing Estate
'Journey to the top of the Mound'
The mound is retained and interventions will help make it more accessible to all. A number of different trails and ways of making the journey up and down the mound has been proposed. Some routes are more playful - climbing walls and slides, others might have more fitness benefits or even a nature trail through the trees. The mound should be used by everyone in a variety of different ways. At the top of the mound new views open up and here is a place to relax and catch the evening sun from a new vantage point.
Defensible Space
Design team:
Architect (Masterplan): Metropolitan Workshop
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Structural Engineer: AKT II
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