Planning Awards Countdown: Best housing scheme of 500 homes or more, sponsored by Pegasus Group

With the Planning Awards only three weeks away, we take a closer look at one of the shortlisted entries in the best housing scheme of 500 homes or more category.

Greenwich Peninsula Riverside
Greenwich Peninsula Riverside

Greenwich Peninsula Riverside, Pilbrow & Partners

Architects Pilbrow & Partners was appointed to the Greenwich Peninsula Riverside project in south-east London in 2013 having proposed in a competition a five-block masterplan for 529 homes.

An earlier masterplan had suggested homogenous blocks of accommodation evenly distributed across the site. Pilbrow & Partners suggested an alternative approach, creating a development of greater density by mixing low-rise perimeter blocks with slender 31-storey towers. The scheme includes Tidemill Square, a new public space, at its heart and a new theatre space created on an existing coal jetty.

Pilbrow & Partners was subsequently commissioned to develop detailed designs for the public space and two adjacent blocks. Contaminated ground conditions ruled out a full basement excavation to provide parking spaces, so the firm instead proposed a raised ground floor and garden to conceal residents’ cars. Meanwhile, apartments with landscaped terraces would be set above the surrounding pavement.

Developer Knight Dragon secured permission for the 529-unit scheme from the London Borough of Greenwich in March 2014. A first phase of the scheme, comprising 269 units and the new public square, is currently under construction while enabling works for a second phase of 260 units have been completed.

Other shortlisted entries:

Opal (Silvertown) LLP worked with masterplanners JTP to develop a vision for Brunel Street Works, a mixed-use urban quarter of 975 homes in Canning Town, east London.

Developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) is behind Leeds’ Kirkstall Forge scheme of 1,050 new family homes alongside 39,000 square metres of office space, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Consultancy WYG advised Keepmoat on the submission of more than 100 planning applications as part of the Leeds Housing Regeneration Project.

Architects Hawkins Brown designed the St John’s Hill development of 527 homes on the site of the Battersea Estate in south London.

Architects Stockwool secured permission for 564 homes in two towers of 18 and 25 storeys as part of its Whitechapel Central scheme in east London.  

Berkeley Homes is developing more than 5,500 homes overlooking two reservoirs at the Woodberry Down estate in north London.

The Planning Awards, London, 21 June 6.30-9.30pm: why attend?

This year, the Planning Awards, incorporating placemaking categories, will be presented at a ceremony at Savoy Place in the heart of London on Wednesday 21 June. The event will bring together a mix of leading public and private sector built environment professionals, offering networking and learning opportunities throughout the evening. It will showcase the projects, plans and people behind the most outstanding planning and place-making work across the UK.

Details of how to obtain tickets can be found here.

Details of the full Planning Awards shortlist can be found here.


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