Chrisp Street (Masterplanning), E14 London, UK
Sheppard Robson’s designs create a new community-focused, mixed-use project that will reinvigorate Chrisp Street Market. The plans for Telford Homes Plc and local housing association Poplar HARCA will ensure this community asset continues to thrive, with the design carefully drawing together a mix of residential, retail and cultural facilities positioned around improved and enlarged public spaces.
Sheppard Robson’s masterplan follows a thorough consultation process, which has seen the practice fine tune the proposal. The final design is a well composed response to the cultural and architectural identity of the surrounding context, with a coherent vision that binds together a genuinely mixed-use and holistic plan for the site, as well as an improved connectivity with the surrounding area.
The District Centre consists of a series of public spaces and pedestrian routes, including the Chrisp Street Market Square at the heart of the scheme as well as clearly defined arrival squares to the north and south that connect the project to the wider area. The perimeter buildings, which are currently fragmented, have been designed to engage with the surrounding streets and define the street edge. A series of podium garden courtyards connects shared and private spaces, with the built form integrating retail at ground level with residential units above. These elements have been carefully planned in order to increase the public realm by over 10%.
In addition to retaining and enhancing the setting of the Festival of Britain heritage assets, the masterplan includes: creating around 650 high-quality, tenure-blind new homes with no net loss of social rent homes; building on the success of the cultural assets of the site, which will see the extension of the popular Idea Store; supporting the existing traders with an enhanced retail offer, which includes a new marketplace with canopy, around 200,000ft² of retail and a new food store; and community spaces that include a six-screen cinema, affordable workspace and a new community venue.
The ambition of the project continues the site’s history of innovation. Designed in part by Frederick Gibberd and built as part of the Festival of Britain Exhibition of Architecture in 1951, the north side of Chrisp Street Market was a pioneering pedestrian retail precinct with housing above, which will all be retained and integrated. This spirit of bold ideas is used as a starting point for Sheppard Robson’s designs for the wider site.