Small Development of the Year

Small Development of the Year
Old Ford Road by pH+

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

"An absolutely lovely development which really optimises its site, both views over the canal and the park as well as privacy have been cleverly achieved. Each home is quite delightful. The external appearance and materials are calm and elegant, and crisply detailed.” 

“Well considered and thoughtfully crafted solution to a challenging site which makes the best of views across the canal and the park. Striking external appearance with distinctive identity.”

“Old Ford Road is an incredibly well-crafted insertion into a tight site, that creates delightful glimpsed views of the canal and park beyond within compact layouts. Its artfully detailed folded façade complements its surroundings."

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