Great Eastern Quays Phase 2
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Precast & Prefabricated Brick Components
Great Eastern Quays Phase 2 is located at the north-east end of the Royal Albert Wharf three-phase regeneration masterplan. Distributed across eight buildings, ranging from four to eleven storeys, the development has provided the up-and-coming business district with 468 new homes and 2,200sqm of commercial, retail and community space.
Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the mixed-use scheme was completed using a variety of facing bricks, keeping the industrial historic nature of the site in mind, whilst contributing towards the evolving vibrant and sustainable community in the historic location. Taylor Maxwell worked closely with the architects and main contractors Vistry Partnerships to specify and supply the facing bricks and prefabricated stainless steel brick soffits and lintels used across the multiple buildings.
The overall masterplan design focused on creating a predominantly brick-built neighbourhood on the historic docks, providing high-quality homes within a traditional urban structure. All phases were designed holistically by focusing on the area and its history as a whole, with the aim to create cohesion throughout the whole multi-phase development. The architects considered the scale, mass, orientation and rhythm of the buildings to create a neighbourhood that relates well to the existing and emerging character of the area.
Focused on creating a community with its own architectural identity, the design aimed to create defined public, private and shared spaces for residents and visitors, with specific design features inspired by its location within the scheme. The development has been designed to meet the London Plan, London Housing Design Guide and Lifetime Homes standards, therefore offering an inviting and family-oriented neighbourhood with a community feel and affordable phomes.
When selecting the construction materials for Phase 2, the architects looked to use facing bricks that correlated with the ones used on Phase 1 of the Great Eastern Quays project. They requested the Taylor Maxwell team work with the same manufacturer to provide facing bricks with similar colours and textures to create complementary yet distinctive facades throughout the development.
The scheme consisted of the demolition of existing building and structures, excluding the pumphouse, dockside heritage features and flood defence infrastructure and the erection of eight new mixed-use edifices. With views across the River Thames, the new residential units vary between one, two, three and four bedrooms which include 7% affordable and social rent homes and 22% shared ownership. The development has a total of 172 car and 28 motorcycle parking spaces distributed across all eight buildings. With sustainability in mind, the development was designed to achieve a ’Very Good’ BREEAM rating and meet the Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.