Brunel Street Works

Grid Architects with Countryside Partnerships

: Property Agents: Hunters, Masterplanners & Architects: JTP, Architects: Cartwright Pickard, Landscape Architects: Fabrik, Planning & EIA Consultants: Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, Structural Engineers: Jenkins & Potter, Highways, Engineers & Drainage: Ardent Consulting, M&E Engineers: Long & Partners, Sustainability Consultants: RES, Daylight & Sunlight Analysis: Waldrams, Microclimate Analysis: RWDI

Brunel Street Works is an exemplary mixed-use urban quarter in Canning Town, comprising 975 homes, of which 35% are affordable and 30% are designed for families. The scheme was delivered in joint venture by Opal (Countryside Partnerships and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing), with L&Q, Fizzy Living and Linden Homes (part of Vistry Group) as partners - Linden Homes sold the open market properties.

The brief was for a residential-led scheme through new forms of funding and the provision of circa 96,000 sq ft of mixed uses. JTP were appointed as project masterplanners and architects by the Opal Joint Venture Board, together with GRID Architects, Cartwright Pickard Architects, and Fabrik Landscape Architects: with each of the practices designing different buildings within the quarter, bringing character and identity within a controlled palette of materials. The major development has delivered environmental, economic and social benefits contributing to the wider masterplan area transformation, creating much-needed housing and re-establishing Silvertown Way as a street with a new frontage defining the western edge. A sequence of four new public spaces was created along the length of Silvertown Way, while significant improvements to the public transport interchange were made, together with a new pocket park and links to new community uses. The spaces are connected by new public realm, street tree planting and an upgraded cycle route. The ground floor of this new frontage is activated by a range of mixed-uses including caf├ęs, a hotel, restaurants, a food store and employment space for the emerging creative sectors.