Balfron Tower

Location:
Poplar, London
Client:
Londonewcastle
Status:
On site

Balfron Tower is a Grade II* Listed, 27 storey, residential building located in Poplar, East London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The building contains 146 residential units (136 flats and 10 maisonettes). It is an iconic symbol of ‘Brutalist’ architecture, designed by the celebrated architect Ernö Goldfinger in the 1960s. In recent years, Balfron Tower and the surrounding area has fallen into disrepair. The proposed refurbishment will preserve, celebrate and enhance Balfron Tower, whilst complementing the settings of the Balfron Tower Conservation Area and of Carradale House.

Our approach to Balfron has been one of constructive conservation: respecting the external fabric of the building and restoring the internal communal spaces. From the start, we have understood the importance of this landmark building and hold it in the highest regard, as befits its new II* grading.

Crucially, Balfron Tower will be updated to meet today’s living standards through sensitive exemplary design, securing the long-term viable future of this heritage asset. We have brought the fabric of the building up to modern day standards in terms of fire, acoustic and thermal performance. 

One of each of the original flat typologies will be reinstated to Goldfinger’s original layout, preserving the architect’s original vision for future generations. At the base, the glazed entrance will be reinstated to create an open and welcoming reception. In the utility tower, we have removed redundant plant and are reinstating communal spaces: a cinema, dining room and a table tennis room – all in the spirit of offering space for social cohesion in high rise living, as originally envisaged by Goldfinger.

Balfron Tower Developments LLP is a Joint Venture between Poplar HARCA, Londonewcastle and Telford Homes.