LCR owns the freehold of 10 acres of land immediately adjacent to Westfield Stratford City, the Athlete’s Village, and the Chobham Academy. Stratford International and Stratford Regional stations are within easy reach, as are the Maryland and Stratford Crossrail stations due to open in 2018. It is one of the important areas highlighted for redevelopment in the London Borough of Newham’s Stratford Metropolitan Masterplan, with the potential to integrate the existing communities of Stratford New Town with new post-Olympic neighbourhoods.
LCR worked with East Thames Group to promote a new family neighbourhood on the site designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards. The high-quality development will deliver around 1,000 homes, together with attractive new parks, squares and open space for local communities to enjoy. The scheme will also provide community spaces, opportunities for local businesses, and shops. Its sustainability is addressed in terms of mix, integration and energy, with connection to the Olympic Park District Energy Scheme (OPDES) envisaged, in addition to on site PV and extensive SUDS measures.
A hybrid planning application for 1,036 homes, and up 8,000 sqm of commercial and community space, was unanimously approved by the London Legacy Planning Committee on 23 July 2013. The first phase of 173 homes, representing a mix of private sale and affordable tenures and 1,162 sqm of commercial space, is currently under construction by East Thames Group. The latter phases of the scheme will be brought forward over a number of years dependent on market demand and land availability.
The combination of home zone streets of houses with relatively modest five to eight storey apartment blocks around a new park, provides over 40% family homes. All parking (except for wheelchair users) is accommodated in undercrofts that exploit existing level changes on the site. The new park landscape at the heart of the proposals provides play space for all age groups, with all the new homes entered directly from the public realm.
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Pollard Thomas Edwards has created the masterplan for this six-hectare site adjoining Stratford City and including part of the Olympic Legacy land.
The site is situated in an interesting and challenging fringe area of the Olympic Legacy and Stratford City developments. Our project started life as an exercise in looking beyond the site boundaries of a 0.5 ha development site. Through negotiations with the London Borough of Newham and with the owner of the railway lands (London & Continental Railways), the masterplan area grew to cover a total area of about six hectares between Stratford Newtown to the east, and the Athletes’ Village and Stratford City to the west.
Our proposals create a new urban quarter which integrates the existing community to the east with the emerging city to the west. It also coordinates with two major new bridge links into Stratford City and stitches them into the existing road network to create the much needed east-west permeability the area has always lacked.
The new neighbourhood will be residential-led and will focus on family accommodation, creating over 1000 new homes, but will also include space for smaller businesses and local shops. It will achieve a high density, but also mediate in scale between Stratford City and existing low-rise residential areas to the east. A linear park consisting of a series of linked green spaces will run through the centre of the neighbourhood.
Planning permission for the masterplan was obtained in July 2013, and the construction of the first phase, which stands at the gateway to the Olympic Village, will begin in January 2014: it will include 173 homes and a small supermarket, and will feature a ten-storey local landmark building.