A SEW September Stroll

Last weekend's sunshine made for a wonderful opportunity to take a walk from east to south London, and explore some of SEW’s developments along the way.


Starting off at Roach Road in Hackney Wick, the ground-level fit out works for this mixed-use scheme are currently taking place, with completion imminent. Designed for developer Anderson Group, Roach Road comprises 44 riverside apartments as well as a new artists’ studio and community space. The distinctive projecting and pitched timber frame echoes the industrial timber yards of the past and provides generous balconies as well as a memorable communal roof terrace.


Over the canal from Roach Road, fencing surrounds the site for East Wick and Sweetwater, a new family-friendly neighbourhood that will contribute to the legacy transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. SEW - working alongside Sheppard Robson for Places for People and Balfour Beatty - have authored an overarching masterplan, placemaking and coordination role for the outline planning application (which includes curating the work of five other architects), as well as the detailed design of phase 1 of East Wick.


The next stop along the route is Poplar, where the refurbishment of Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Estate is underway. Currently cloaked in scaffolding, the approach to this architectural icon is one of constructive conservation; respecting the external fabric of the building and restoring the internal communal spaces. Due to complete in 2019, we’re working closely with the client Londonewcastle, as well as Historic England, Richard Colman City Designer (Heritage Consultant), and London Borugh of Tower Hamlets’ Conservation Officer to upgrade the building fabric and services to achieve current building regulations and BREEAM ‘Excellent’.


A short cycle further east takes us to Canning Town, where the landscape at the recently completed Caxton Works is emerging. Combining living with industry, the project embraces densification whilst creating an authentic identity that is a defined by the symbiosis of previously conflicting uses. The landscape strategy brings ecology into the industrial setting, with foliage cascading from the raised planters that frame the ground level workshops. Caxton Works – developed for U+I and Galliard Homes - won the best built mixed use scheme at this year’s New London Awards.


Finally, we travel south through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to The Movement, located adjacent to the Greenwich DLR and Mainline Station. Developed with architects HLM for developer U+I , and in close consultation with Greenwich Council, this mixed use scheme  is anchored around a new pedestrian friendly street which aims to capture the “movement” of this future community. SEW’s main focus at this scheme was on the smaller mixed-use activities, which include the Incubator Units and an extension to the Greenwich West Community Centre.