New Garden Quarter is sustainable city-making in the truest sense: creating a new mixed-use community on brownfield land, with excellent transport links, a SUDS strategy that incorporates rain gardens and green and blue roofs to sustainably deal with stormwater, and extensive new planting and green infrastructure to ensure a significantly enhanced local ecology.
This public realm led masterplan achieves zero carbon and provides a new family-focussed neighbourhood of 471 mixed-tenure apartments arranged around a major new London square. More than 45% of the new homes are large family flats of 3 bedrooms or more, across all tenures. Their popularity with the new residents shows that large apartments in contemporary mansion blocks, when integrated with generous public open space and family-oriented amenities like doorstep play and a built-in neighbourhood nursery facility, can create
a great setting for family life to rival the traditional London preference for a house and garden.
The design team worked within significant infrastructure constraints on every boundary to turn the previously transport dominated site into a new destination for families, both for its own residents as well as residents of the surrounding Stratford neighbourhoods.