Henley Halebrown gets go-ahead for nearly 700 student homes in east London

The plans, which were approved on Tuesday evening (27 September), include a 25-storey tower in Stratford as well as a three-building mixed-use development at Fish Island.

The tower, which will contain 465 homes, will be developed by Dominvs on Stratford High Street – between Hodder + Partner’s 32-storey Eleanor Rosa House and the site of AHMM’s recently-consented 36-storey student tower. It will be part 12 storey, with outdoor amenity space on the 13th floor.

The building will include 327 cluster bedrooms and 138 studios, as well as a re-provided pub and 786m2 workspace. It will be clad in precast concrete, with its façade also featuring fins, window heads and elements of terrazzo.

The Fish Island scheme, meanwhile, will comprise 139 student homes in a seven-storey block as well as another 65 in a six-storey building. Both the buildings, to be built on the site of a former piano factory, will have commercial ‘incubator’ floorspace at ground level, with the first block catering to industrial uses.

The scheme for developer Southern Grove also features a four and five-storey building with 840m2 commercial floorspace and associated 160m2 commercial yard space. This schemes forms phase two of a development – with Henley Halebrown having won permission for a 330-student-home scheme on an adjoining site last year.

The scheme features masonry facades with brick piers and spandrels, as well as galvanised metal pitched roofs. It will use light red brick as well as a pale-ivory coloured brick – complementing the darker reddish-brown brick used on phase one, which is under construction.

The Fish Island scheme will provide student homes for University of the Arts London, which is set to open an Allies & Morrison-designed campus at nearby Stratford Waterfront in coming years.

The Stratford High Street scheme will provide student homes for Queen Mary University of London, which is based in Bow.

Commenting on the Stratford High Street scheme, Henley Halebrown’s Simon Henley said: ‘The design is exemplary of our interest in architecture as social infrastructure and the role of mixed-use projects in providing social value.

‘For example, on this scheme, in addition to student accommodation, there is workspace for creatives and small-start ups and a community pub run by Made UP Collective.

‘Although 302-312 Stratford High Street is a tall building, communal spaces are distributed throughout the section and concentrated at the midpoint, where interiors are coupled with a large roof garden and  as a result more accessible to all.

‘The ground floor, with the new south-facing public space overlooking the Channelsea River, the pub and generous foyers to the workspace and student hall makes for a truly active ground floor.’

Henley Halebrown studio director Craig Linnell said: ‘The designs for the Piano Factory site will strengthen the creative community on Fish Island, providing homes for the University of the Arts London fashion students, affordable incubator space for their graduates and a new base for Stour Trust, a local business that provides affordable workspace for creatives.

‘The project integrates an existing boiler house and free-standing chimney stack with three new buildings in an ensemble interspersed with amenity spaces and new areas of public realm. The largest of these will transform the arrival point on Fish Island for visitors crossing the River Lea footbridge from the Olympic Park.’

Henley Halebrown, which is based in Shoreditch, is on this year’s Stirling Prize shortlist for its Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road. The practice has recently completed a hotel refurbishment on Shoreditch High Street and received permission from a planning inspector for an ‘outstanding’ social housing tower in west London.


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