Homebuilder of the Year

Homebuilder of the Year
Old Ford Road by pH+

This project won two categories; Homebuilder of the Year and the Small development category of the year. 

Overlooking Victoria Park our Old Ford Road scheme interprets the language of the wharf buildings along the Hertford Union Canal to create eight new homes on a complex site in East London.

The scale of the scheme, three storeys, topped with a habitable roof level sympathetically responds to the adjacent apartment blocks, continuing their line along the canal. Its distinctive gabled profile echoes the rhythm of the surrounding terraces, while the robust simplicity of its forms, with large openings maximising light to interior living spaces, echo the historic industrial vernacular of the canal area.

The folding rear façade opens up and frames vistas along the canal, as well as celebrating views over Victoria Park to the north. In contrast, the front façade responds to the more ordered rhythm of the fenestration of the conservation area opposite, with the folding planes creating defensible space as well as defining recessed entrances to each individual dwelling.

The serrations continue into the roof form, facilitating the creation of generous private amenity recessed into the slope of the pitches without impacting on the sculptural wharf form. All new homes enjoy extensive views out over the Hertford Union Canal and towards Victoria Park, while at ground floor level, the terrace and private garden areas ensure a green edge facing onto the canal is maintained. Our sympathetic design on such a prominent and challenging site aims to positively contribute to the surrounding community and encourage biodiversity amongst wildlife to continue the green corridor along the water’s edge.

Judges’ comments

“Brilliant development. Thoughtful execution of the facade and maximising the biodiversity aspects of the canal edge site including incorporating inset bird and bat roosting boxes within the façade. Good detailed planting scheme has been incorporated to optimise habitats. Amazing aspects that give every opportunity to enjoy the view. A refreshing and uplifting end product.”

“Beautifully executed materials and details with beguiling glimpses to the canal. Striking massing which makes the most of its waterside location.” 

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