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Lock Keepers shortlisted at the Housing Design Awards

Sat 22nd Sep 2018

Ardmore’s Lock Keepers scheme in Gillender Street has been shortlisted at the Housing Design Awards 2017.

The Allies and Morrison designed scheme, delivered by Ardmore for Peabody, is a new residential development of 109 homes in Bromley-by-Bow, set within the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area in east London. The site was the location of the former Sun Flour Mill, a Victorian warehouse that was destroyed in a 1965 explosion.

Comprising three buildings of one, two and three-bedroom flats, this collection of homes takes inspiration from the wharf-like, industrial character of the east London context within which it is set. The new buildings sit adjacent to the River Lea and the Limehouse Cut Canal at the Bow Locks. They include 46 homes for private sale, 42 for shared ownership and 21 for rental, managed by Peabody Trust. The development also creates new public realm and access to the River Lea with improvements to the Limehouse Cut Canal Walk.

Minimising environmental impact has been central to the design. The orientation of the blocks within the footprint of the site has also been carefully considered to minimise the number of north facing units, maximise dual aspect units, maximise south facing roof area and optimise the site massing.

All units meet Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 requirements and comply with the Mayor of London’s Design Code. Energy is provided by a central combined heat and power plant with excess energy put back into the National Grid. Lighting in the flats is predominately made of low energy fixtures, and in communal spaces, are controlled on the basis of ambient light controls and similarly low energy.