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William Cotton Place

London, Tower Hamlets

William Cotton Place St Pauls Way View

Sector: Landscape, Residential
Client: Rydon Construction Ltd
Project value: £8.1 million
Project stage: Complete

William Cotton Place designed by Gibberd Architects is located in the heart of London’s East End provides 34 new homes, 13 for social rent and 21 for shared ownership. The residential accommodation sits in two towers over a 3 storey commercial base which houses 3,300m² of commercial space. The site was identified as forming a landmark location within the wider St Pauls Way Regeneration Scheme and our design reflected this brief. Positioning taller elements of the residential accommodation to the north of the site and emphasising a strong corner feature with form and colour. The massing of the scheme steps down to the south of the site to maximise good levels of daylighting and views towards Canary Wharf and the City. Strong colours are used as an aid to wayfinding to guide users to the commercial or residential entrances which are flagged in contrasting colours.

The residential accommodation provides a varied mix of 1,2 and 3 bedroom homes each with a generous private balcony space and use of the communal gardens. The communal gardens are provided at 3rd floor podium level, over the commercial space. The communal garden and children’s play space was designed by Gibberd Landscape Design.

The scheme achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and Design and Quality Standards. The completed scheme featured in Inside Housing’s Top 50 Affordable Developments 2014.