New Festival Quarter, Tower Hamlets

This project comprised the demolition of the former Blessed John Roche School and the construction of 502 new homes. The development is arranged in four blocks ranging from three to 16 storeys and features a mix of tenures, from studios to five bedroom homes.

All homes have private outdoor space and further communal terraces offer views of the City skyline. Extensive non-residential facilities include a fitness centre and nursery as well as a community hall and various areas of public realm; creating a new neighbourhood which will in turn have a positive impact on the locality.

Located within a conservation area, the new buildings reconcile the need to deliver much needed new housing whilst respecting the character of the local context, which is characterised by small scale, low-density residential estates. The massing of the various blocks has been carefully considered, with building heights lowered in areas of sensitivity and taller elements strategically placed so as not to affect the neighbouring housing.


Client Bellway Homes and Family Mosaic
Location Poplar, London, E14
Scope 502 new homes, community resource, fitness centre and nursery
Awards 2015 First Time Buyer Awards - Best Large Development, Shortlisted | 2012 Housing Design Awards - Project Scheme, Shortlisted
Images Morley von Sternberg