Notting Hill Genesis
Cost: £63 million
The proposed riverside neighbourhood is the latest development within the residential Royal Albert Wharf area of East London and was one of the first London Plan projects commissioned by the GLA.
The scheme provides 238 homes across four blocks from 3-12 storeys high of which 50% of the accommodation, by habitable room, is affordable.
The site is heavily constrained, with a Port of London Authority Radar Mast on site, height restrictions imposed by the close proximity to London City Airport, a safeguarded future Thames Gateway site to the North for a bridge or tunnel and the river wall to the East all impacting on the potential for development.
Our design responds to these factors through height, massing and landscaping to introduce a strong urban structure of streets and blocks intended to establish a new emerging community that stitches into the existing masterplan. A series of design principles have been established which allow the buildings to be read individually, but also to form part of a common typology across both the site and in line with the emerging Royal Albert Wharf context.
This approach allows a range of public spaces to be provided both along the river and through the scheme. 30% of the accommodation is to be 3-4 bedroom family units and as a result, much of the focus for the landscaping has been on pedestrian and cycle prioritised public space, high-quality landscaping and play for children of all ages.