Situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in a conservation area north-east of Liverpool Street station, the project at historic Blossom Street comprises a mix of refurbishment and new build to provide residential, commercial office and retail units.
A mixed-use series of buildings, interwoven into the historical context of local environs
The existing buildings are interwoven into the existing historical context of the local environs, so the design incorporates extensive façade retention, fabric reuse and integration of historical buildings into proposals. This has required extensive analyses and testing to assess the condition and strength of existing material, helping to develop the design of their conversion for modern use.
One of the main constraints on the site is its presence within a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), which relates to the medieval Priory of St Mary Spital. The site also has a key interface with Network Rail’s main line coming in and out of Liverpool Street station directly to the north, and the Central line tube which sits directly under the site. Therefore careful consideration of the foundation design and construction approach is required.
In order to add variety to the architectural styles, several architects are working on the different areas of the site. Each site will house office space with ground floor retail, with the exception of one area set aside for residential. Due to viewing corridor restrictions, floor-to-floor heights are restricted, requiring efficient planning to maximise the floor space available, including keeping internal columns to a minimum where possible.
Building S1 by AHMM will feature an 11-storey office block that includes retention of historic warehouse façades. Similarly building S1c is a 13-storey office block with a link to the neighbouring 1887 warehouse. S1a, led by Duggan Morris Architects, is a series of houses, some of which will be retained and linked on the upper floors, while others are to be demolished and replaced with a new office building. DSDHA Architects are leading the building S1b design; of note is the refurbishment of Water Poet pub, alongside the demolition and rebuilding of a warehouse. Stanton Williams are also designing a stepped building of 4 to 8 storeys for building S2, and the final part of the scheme is a 4-storey new-build residential block, also by AHMM.
2016 North London Awards – Mixed-use – Commendation