Royal Albert Wharf Phase 1, East London

The materials palette is friendly and timeless

Royal Albert Wharf
Royal Albert Wharf Credit: Tim Crocker

Maccreanor Lavington with detailed design by RMA Architects for Notting Hill Housing Group
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 24,800 m²

This is new housing for the Albert Basin in Royal Albert Dock. The mixed-tenure scheme includes shared ownership, affordable rent, private rented-sector housing and market sale. The buildings are dressed in a rich brick cladding with different coloured glazed-brick spandrel panels and coloured precast concrete string-courses and copings identifying buildings.

  • Royal Albert Wharf
    Royal Albert Wharf Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Royal Albert Wharf
    Royal Albert Wharf Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Royal Albert Wharf
    Royal Albert Wharf Credit: Tim Crocker
  • Royal Albert Wharf
    Royal Albert Wharf Credit: Tim Crocker
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The materials palette is friendly and timeless. Central courtyards are of a good scale, providing views from balconies, children’s play areas and greenery. Double height community spaces on the corners of the blocks provide life and activity. Attention is paid to bin stores and plant room access doors with patterned metal work. Inside, windows at the ends of communal corridors draw the eye along, giving light and a sense of location. And the homes themselves have large windows which allow light to flood into the large, useful spaces.

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