Swan Housing Association, which is delivering the £300m regeneration of Robin Hood Gardens in Tower Hamlets, has announced the appointment of C.F. Møller as the architects for Phase 3 of the regeneration, known as Blackwall Reach.
Phase 3 will deliver approximately 330 new homes of which 50 per cent will be affordable. The new homes will range from one bedroom flats to five bedroom maisonettes, providing much needed affordable accommodation for families in the Borough. They will be arranged to make the most of the central Millennium Green, which will be re-landscaped.
C. F. Møller Architects has been appointed following a competitive process through which a number of practices were shortlisted and five were invited to present their ideas. All five firms who presented their ideas are said to have impressed the panel, but C.F Møller’s focus on ‘inside out design’, which puts the residents of the buildings first, won them the commission.
Swan’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Development, Geoff Pearce said:
“We were very impressed by their ‘inside out approach’ to design. C.F. Møller really focused on the people who will live in these new homes and the relationship of the homes to the public realm. They were passionate about ensuring we deliver human scale street scenes and links into the landscape to offset the impact of the busy external environment, which is close to the Blackwall Tunnel.”
Rolf Nielsen Associate Partner, Architect MAA ARB RIBA , C.F. Møller said:
“Our approach to this challenging project is to develop an architectural and placemaking response with the focus on designing the best possible new homes within a challenging location. This complimented Swan’s ambitious ideas for regenerating Blackwall Reach.
“Drawing on our experience of tailoring our design process around each project’s unique circumstances we are looking forward to delivering an exceptional quality of architecture for the local community, The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Swan.”