Sugar House Island is in East London, approximately 1.5 km from the Stratford transport hub and directly south of the 2012 Olympic site. Planning consent was granted in 2012 for a comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment of the site to provide 1,200 residential units, 58,000 m2 of offices and workshops, a 350 bedroom hotel, bridges, and a riverside park. Following extensive remediation and the enclosure of the island within a new river wall, the project is in construction.
The design concept uses a traditional approach to density and domestic scale, using the patterns of the site’s old yards and roads and older London itself, to introduce familiar forms, scale and spaces.
These are found in the mews lanes, the garden courts, the streets and the accent towers as well as in the public spaces of Danes Yard, Chimney Walk and the gastronomy hub to the south. All these, together with the enclosing waters and west facing park, contribute to a new neighbourhood which has the character of a river island.
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Danes Yard Tower - LB Newham, London
Designed using parametric software, Danes Yard Tower is a hyperboloidal structure constructed of sustainably sourced modular timber elements. At night, an interactive animation of low-energy coloured lights transforms the tower into a key landmark in East London.
The immediate purpose of the tower at the time of its planning consent was to act as a temporary symbol, heralding the regeneration of the Sugar House Island site. Well received by the Borough of Newham and its Planning Department, the investor was asked and agreed to accept a permanent approval for the structure. Now it stands as a familiar element within the complete design of Danes Yard.
Brewery Site Masterplan, Leeds
A 13 hectare neighbourhood on the former Tetley Brewery site at the heart of the Leeds South Bank. The centrepiece of the scheme is a 3 hectare urban park, with the new quarter providing around 15,000 m2 of active cultural and retail uses with some 85,000m2 of employment space, a 400 bed hotel and around 850 residential units.
The concept embraced and exceeded the city’s ambition for park land in its developing of the Southbank area by making a linear park which will extend the urban pattern of the city southwards, bringing social benefit through amenity and at the same time provide the setting and character of a new urban quarter. The scale and continuity of the urban forms give definition and a sense of enclosure to the park.
Plot R5 falls within the fourth phase of the Sugar House Island masterplan and comprises 86 dwellings made up of over 40% family housing, and a corner shop.
The concept for its general arrangement, like the most of the residential plots in our masterplan, is a dominant perimeter block of dual aspect apartments. The enclosed inner space made by the perimeter block is divided to form two separate and more intimate garden courts through the introduction of a residential mews down its middle.
The architectural expression of the perimeter block allows for the identification of the mews, the representation of central partis in the longer perimeters and the legibility of the roof level setback storey, all within a common language of architecture and subtle shifts in colour and materials.
Matilda's Bridge - London
Named after the English Queen who is said to have nearly lost her life crossing the River Lea, Matilda’s Bridge is a key pedestrian link that connects the neighbourhood of Sugar House Island to Three Mills park.
Like a ‘bow’, the form takes its cue from the first arched bridge constructed in England, which was built nearby c1110 – funded by Queen Matilda following her accident. The bridge is constructed out of Cross Laminated Timber that spans between two pre-cast concrete abutments that engage with the riverwall.
Designed using parametric software the design responds to the unique conditions of the river wall engagement and required flood draft.
Three Mills Mooring Facilities, London
The Three Mills Moorers are a boating community that live along the Three Mills Wall River adjacent to the Sugar House Island development in LB Newham. As immediate neighbours, it was important they were engaged with at a very early stage during the conceptual design of the masterplan. The positioning of buildings and links across the river within the scheme were all part of the discussions with them. The moorers had storage facilities on the site that needed improvement, and through a series of workshops a brief was developed for the design of a new floating facility.
The accommodation houses bicycles, winter fuel storage and laundry facilities. The building has a lightweight CLT structure clad in cedar and positioned on a pontoon which adjoins the existing canal boat residences. To minimise disruption, the building was constructed off-site and installed in only a few days.
R7 - Sugar House Island
Plot R7 falls within the fourth phase of the Sugar House Island masterplan and comprises 82 dwellings consisting of a range of generous apartment types with a flexibly planned space allocated for a restaurant and bar at ground floor level.
The tower and linear block sit on the edge of the west side park and give definition to the western edge of the masterplan. The tower, like other vertical accents in the masterplan, marks a key position in the neighbourhood, in this case the end of the Chimney Walk and the entry from there to the west side park.