Chrisp Street (Residential), 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.
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.