Plaistow Hospital/Upton Village
Clancy Consulting were pleased to have been appointed by Peabody on their 150-year celebration flagship project and to have undertaken Civil and Structural Engineering design services for the construction of 168 new residential homes at the former Plaistow Hospital site.
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Peabody held a design competition in 2012 that invited architects to submit their ideas for the redevelopment of the former Plaistow Hospital site. The winning design by PCKO Architects includes the sensitive refurbishment of five Victorian hospital buildings as well as 168 new-build flats and houses, including almost 40% family housing.
Construction form is load bearing masonry to the low rise house units and concrete frame construction to the medium rise flat block units. Foundations are a combination of traditional foundations and piled foundations, depending on imposed foundation loads, depth of made ground across the site and influencing distance of major trees.
The surface water drainage to the site has been designed to comply with all current runoff standards with permeable paving being provided to the estate road areas.
Each home has access to a generous private outdoor space provided through ground floor gardens, balconies and large roof terraces. Four large courtyards fill the shared space between flats, houses and existing buildings. These residential courtyards provide a wide variety of communal functions including planting beds, robust hard and soft landscaping, various informal and natural play features.
The development will provide a wide range of residential unit types and tenures, ranging from 1 bedroom flats to 3-bedroom houses, maisonettes, flats and duplex apartments. The scheme includes 46 affordable rent, 74 market rent and 28 shared ownership homes. In particular it features 40% 3-bedroom family homes to meet the needs of the borough.
Following heavy damage in the Blitz, the area has seen signification rebuilding and growth since the 1960s and by 2008 Plaistow had reached a population exceeding 279,800. In 2007, Plaistow Hospital closed their doors due to the expense to the NHS in keeping the building maintained to modern medical standards.
Redevelopment of the site required partial demolition and partial conversion of the existing buildings and erection of new buildings set along new internal streets and landscaped gardens with new connections to the surrounding streets.
Upton Village won the award for the Most Innovative Affordable Housing Scheme at the Housing Innovation Awards 2017. The project was also the winner of Best Development Affordable Homes at the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2017, in addition to being a finalist in the Best New Place to Live category at the London Planning Awards 2017.