Proposals for a mixed-use community regeneration scheme in east London.
Bow Enterprise Park, with its 5,500sqm of light industrial space, currently provides much-needed employment in this east London neighbourhood. With a shortage of housing and retail opportunities in the area, the site was identified for redevelopment by a joint venture vehicle set up by developer Glebe Holdings and the Workspace Group, London’s leading provider of small and medium workspaces. Orms’ scheme for the site has formed the basis for ongoing dialogue with planners from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to establish the optimum mix and size of the development.
The proposals suggest demolishing the existing units and redeveloping the site with new public spaces to the north and south. These would create focal points, connecting to the adjacent DLR station and reviving the community with a new sense of place. New-build elements would provide over 550 mixed-tenure residential units and retail spaces, the overall scale varying from a single 20-storey tower to smaller and medium sized buildings. The primary massing is arranged around the perimeter of the site to enclose intimate public spaces within. A palette of materials – brick, timber, metal cladding and glass – was identified to establish the aesthetic character of each building type, responding to the use, context and orientation of each.