New London Architecture

New London Awards 2021 Winner - Blackwall Yard

Winner in the UNBUILT category

Sponsored by Hayes Davidson

Blackwall Yard will transform the last remaining waterside regeneration site in East London, providing 898 homes (35% affordable), primary school, a waterside pub, a new river bus station, pier and a completely revitalised Listed Graving Dock to cater for wild swimmers, performers and local pop-ups. It opens a section of the Thames Path that has been closed off for 40 years and offers genuine regeneration to location which has long been overlooked. It will fill the missing link of outdoor destinations, public space, retail & community facilities, all curated around its Thames-side setting.

Three architectural practices selected through an international architectural competition will contribute to the scheme. GHA will deliver the overall masterplan whilst White Arkitekter were specifically appointed for their waterside expertise and Panter Hudspith will design the community hub and school.

A thorough analysis of the physical, historical and socio-economical context and collaborative design process has evolved the masterplan into a unique development that complements the existing community. Blackwall Yard has been selected as a case study in Social Value Portal’s Planning Guidance following the considerable social value created - including community uses, a pub, cafe & restaurant, grocery store, prayer space, mobile allotments and a public square - all chosen to match what local residents felt the area lacked. 

Extensive community engagement has enabled the project team to embed locals' views firmly into their process, allowing them to engage with the chamber of commerce, local labour and key stakeholders in a genuinely collaborative process to stimulate local economies and communities. 

Hadley's mission is to deliver world-class developments underpinned by their three pillars of sustainability. They commit to supporting happy, prosperous lives beyond the redline and stimulating economies with 1,985sqm of new commercial space, 277 new jobs and £264m of local economic value.  Hadley have held discussion with the Port of London Authority on cutting edge waste disposal methods and have inputted into the government's planning guidance for sustainable transport hubs. Furthermore, the use of low-carbon designs far surpass the GLA’s carbon reduction targets and the team continue to embed sustainability considerations into their central fabric.

International Jury Quote

Promosing in terms of the life that the project can deliver 
Andreas Ruby

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Team Credits

Hadley Property Group

Panter Hudspith Architects


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