Description of Brunel Street Works
Brunel Street Works is a mixed-use quarter for a GLA-owned site in Canning Town, London E16.
Brunel Street Works, developed by Opal, a joint venture partnership between Thames Valley Housing, Galliford Try and Fizzy Living, will deliver 975 homes and a range of mixed uses for Canning Town, harnessing JTP’s expertise in collaborative placemaking together with architects GRID and Cartwright Pickard to create a high density quarter with a distinct identity.
The innovative housing mix is split evenly between private rent, private sale and affordable housing, including 30% family housing across all tenures.
Brunel Street Works will provide four new public spaces for residents and the local community, linked by enhanced public realm along Silvertown Way creating an inviting pedestrian journey. The ground floor of the new development will be activated by a wide range of mixed uses facing Silvertown Way, including cafes, a hotel, restaurants, a food store and employment space for the emerging creative sectors.
Trevor Dempsey, regional managing director at Linden Homes Eastern, said in June 2017: “Galliford Try is very pleased that, through our joint venture between Linden Homes and Thames Valley Housing, our plans for Brunel Street Works on Silvertown Way have been approved.”
JTP led a collaborative design process with GRID and Cartwright Pickard; each of the three practices brought a unique character to their building within a selected palette of materials, resulting in a series of distinct but complementary buildings, set within four character areas that respond to the changing context of the site from north to south. Each building takes inspiration from the site’s history and proximity to the Thames Iron Works and Ship Building Company, creating architecture of longevity with robust, high quality materials.
Cartwright Pickard’s Heartwell Buildings will include generous entrance lobbies with 24/7 concierge welcoming residents who will have access to a high quality landscaped and sheltered roof terrace, with exceptional views across London. Accessed from communal internal areas such as a residents’ lounge, private dining rooms and cinema room, these facilities will become a social focus that will support a real sense of community for residents.
GRID’s Castalia Building is at the southern end of the site, facing the new public park. The base of the building contains a double height commercial space, which GRID has identified as a potential new south-facing café to spill out into the park. Cantilevered above this, the building’s stepped form in plan responds to the geometry of the site and creates 105 dwellings.’
The bespoke mixed-use strategy for Brunel Street Works was developed through an extensive stakeholder engagement process, including a full Community Planning Weekend and several exhibitions as the design progressed, balancing the differing views of parties including TfL, DLR, GLA, London Borough of Newham and Opal LLP.
The proposals were taken through the planning process by national planning and development consultancy Lichfields (formerly Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners).
The ground floor plan is adaptable, allowing small businesses to establish themselves and move to a larger unit as they grow, cultivating a prosperous future for Canning Town.
The nearest tube station is Canning Town - 270m.
Brunel Street Works will be built out in one phase, with a four year build programme that started in late 2017.
2017 June - Resolution to grant planning permission from the London Borough of Newham.
Launching in summer 2019.