06 - 02 - 2020

BPTW has received planning permission from LB Havering for 717 new homes along New Road, Rainham for Clarion Housing Group as part of the major regeneration framework around the delivery of the new Rainham ‘Beam Park’ station. The 90 New Road development will create a new mixed tenure neighbourhood providing 667 apartments, 38 houses and 12 maisonettes arranged around extensive landscaped spaces and public realm, with over 1000m2 of commercial and retail spaces. The mixed tenure development will provide 35% affordable homes in a mix of rent and shared ownership.

90 New Road marks BPTW’s largest single-phase detailed planning scheme to date and sees the regeneration of a vacant industrial brownfield site. With the new station a significant catalyst for development in the area, the scheme offers a contemporary take on the ‘metro-land’ concept, providing generous, modern homes that are integrated into green spaces, at a density that can sustain a vibrant community, and supported by the site’s improved transport links.

With a strong design driver seeking to maximise connections to all of its surrounding contexts, the scheme is shaped by a sequence of four distinct character areas – the Civic Centre, the Railway Edge, the Residential Core and the New Road frontage – enabling the scheme to bring together both the area’s existing residential urban grain and the new developments which will soon be bordering the site, while developing its own unique character. The result is a varied, yet organic journey through the scheme, where a shared material palette and key elements such as bronze metalwork detailing and portrait windows offer a sense of cohesion and organic dialogue between all of the character areas.

With this emphasis on placemaking, BPTW’s design sees the creation of a new local centre, a central hub which forms a vital part of the area’s new identity. A generous public square is enclosed by the Civic Centre which provides ground floor commercial units, to animate the new public realm, drawing people up from the station and providing residents with valuable amenities within easy walking distance of their homes.

Following the resolution to grant approval, Justin Kelly, Partner at BPTW said:

“This approval is a testament to the quality of the design, with placemaking at the forefront of the proposals. The design team have worked closely with Clarion to develop a scheme with a strong sense of identity and create a destination with vibrancy and life throughout the day and in the evening. As well as the high-quality homes and commercial provision, the design of streets and spaces respond to and connect with the new architecture and local context and promote a cohesive and diverse new neighbourhood, creating a desirable place to live. Acknowledging the complicated history of the site and how the neighbouring Beam Park development had been contentious locally, we have been working very closely with Havering’s planning and urban design team and are delighted to have secured approval with no objections from committee members.”

Richard Cook, Group Director of Development for Clarion Housing Group, said:

“Rainham is a fast-growing destination given its proximity to London and we’re delighted to be bringing much-needed new homes to the area. With a focus on placemaking, we’ll be working with BPTW to deliver modern, generous homes surrounded by green spaces, cafes, restaurants and leisure facilities, creating a sense of community. This development has been in the pipeline for some time, and it’s great news that Havering Council have now approved our proposals which will enable us to provide new high-quality homes to suit a wide range of needs.