Bramall Close and Idmiston Road
The redevelopment of two infill sites to the north and south ends of a pedestrian route is part of Newham council’s Wave 1 Small Sites development programme and will provide 24 homes for affordable rent. The proposals replace 22 disused garages off Idmiston Road to the south, with eight 1 and 2-bedroom flats. At the northern end, the parking area will accommodate two houses and a block of 14 flats, together providing 39% family homes.
The design proposals for the two sites are conceived as integral to one another with a strong family resemblance expressed in form and detail. The undulation of plans and facades, which reflect one another and create visual interest, also help the new buildings nestle comfortably into the context, avoiding abrupt relationships.
The proposed buildings repair the fragmented urban fabric at Bramall Close, masking a prominent 4-storey blind gable wall, to provide active street frontage. The block of flats and houses are positioned to frame a gateway to the pleasant green space that the existing pedestrian path runs through.
At the Idmiston Road site, the shape and position of the proposed 4-storey block makes sense of the disparate forms and alignments of adjacent buildings. The building is set back from the street respecting the mature trees and maintaining a wide pavement.
Client LB Newham