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CGI showing view from across the Thames

View from the River Thames

CGI showing transformed graving dock

View shows entrances to the resident hub and school

View shows the transformed graving dock


1:200 model

1:200 masterplan model

1:50 model

1:50 tower façade model

1:100 corner bay model

1:100 tower corner bay

Blackwall Yard

With Canary Wharf to the west and the Royal Docks to the east, Blackwall Yard is one of Tower Hamlets’ last underdeveloped riverfront sites. Our masterplan, a collaboration with White Architekter, Panter Hudspith and landscape architects LDA, will bring life and community to a location rich in maritime history.

Located on a 1.7-hectare site, Blackwall Yard will provide almost 900 homes, including 35% affordable, with a vast range of shared amenities and facilities that will make it a sustainable ‘compact city’. The masterplan is arranged around a listed graving dock, from which the public realm will act as a stage for community life, including a primary school, a cafe square, abundant play space and a riverside pub. The dock invites visitors to engage with it directly to explore its history and offers the unique opportunity for open water swimming and outlooks across the Thames to the O2.

Focused on accessibility and connectivity, a strategic link that enables a direct public connection between the Thames Path and East India DLR, the reopening of a previously blocked section of the Thames path, and a new Thames Clipper stop are some of the sustainable transport initiatives that will enhance this spectacular piece of London riverside.

As part of a hybrid submission, we developed detailed proposals for the northernmost plot, comprising more than half of the masterplan’s homes within a podium and a pair of towers of 32 and 39 storeys. Our design references the site’s industrial heritage, primarily using brickwork and sail-like facades that evoke the design of ships and dockyard scaffolding. The façades also reduce exposure to the wind and the balconies, as well as shading the most active parts of the living spaces in the towers while preserving the fantastic views.

Client Hadley Property Group
Location London
Size 1.7 ha
Status Current
Homes 898 homes
Awards New London Awards 2021 Winner — Unbuilt Category
Will Poole
David Henderson
Jack Pritchard
Alex Smith
Areta Soare