November 26, 2020

East London regeneration scheme steps into third phase

Work has begun on Phase 3 of the Rathbone Market regeneration scheme from English Cities Fund (ECf) – a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General Property and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – bringing a further 216 new homes to Canning Town.

The £180m Rathbone Market scheme is the flagship development within Newham Council’s £3.7bn Canning Town and Custom House regeneration programme. The Rathbone Market development has already delivered more than 430 new homes, 44,000 sq ft of retail floor space, 12,000 sq ft of new community facilities and two new public spaces.

Phase 3 will deliver a further 216 new homes, comprising 162 privately-owned properties and 54 affordable properties, including both shared ownership and rental homes. Contractors Sisk have begun to clear ground at the site before work begins to construct the multi-block phase, designed by Shoreditch-based architects Project Orange.

Duncan Cumberland, Development Director for ECf, said: “The third phase will round up what is one of the most exciting and innovative developments in London, breathing new life into a once unloved part of the city.”

The tallest block will stand at 14-storeys and the lowest six. It will comprise of one, two, and three-bedroom properties formed in a horse-shoe configuration around a verdant communal garden. The garden is approached through a secure double-height entrance and leads to the access cores serving all apartments.

All ground-floor properties will be two-storey, in the style of a town house, with double-height ceilings and private gardens leading out onto the communal courtyard area. Apartments on upper levels will all have a generous balcony, and the great majority will have a double aspect.

The building will be made from brick in the London tradition using two colours; on the outside a black/grey mix, with silver brick around the garden area.

Christopher Ash, Director of Project Orange said: “The intention is to create a building of visual richness where golden balconies and embossed panels create a studied patchwork effect of cascading informal links and connections across the weighty brick facades.”

The new phase will stand alongside the striking silver grey and aluminium cladding of the award-winning Phase 1, Vermillion, and the recently completed Aurelia, Phase 2 of the regeneration, with its terracotta rain-screen cladding in shades of deep burnt orange.

Residents in Phase 3 will benefit from being at the heart of one of London’s oldest street markets, Rathbone Market, set within a new, high-quality market square delivered as part of Phase 2, offering a vibrant retail scene including established traders as well as welcoming new stall holders.

A new landscaped entrance to the existing subway beneath Newham Way has been re-conceived to improve pedestrian links east of the site and under the A13 to the south, ensuring the development is well connected to key transportation routes from Canning Town station and bus interchange.

Mr Cumberland said: “This phase represents the next piece in the jigsaw for Rathbone Market and will put Canning Town firmly back on the map as a residential destination in East London.”