Greenhill Centre, 2024

mixed-use scheme for Newham

Haworth Tompkins are working with Newham Council to redevelop the Greenhill Centre Site in Manor Park, north London. The gym which currently occupies the majority of the existing site, will be reprovided onsite alongside 81 new homes for local people, all of which are allocated as affordable. The scheme has welcoming and high-quality residential entrances and a generous central communal garden enhanced by the existing mature trees on site.

In response to Newham Council’s declaration of a climate emergency, the new homes will be Passivhaus certified. Aside from the benefits that this will bring to the client, such as reducing the risk of fuel poverty, and a building compatible with net zero carbon, there are also a number of key benefits for future residents which include improved thermal comfort, good indoor air quality, low heating requirements and low energy bills.

The three residential blocks range from five to eight storeys and have a horizontal expression, which is intended to make the proposal feel domestic in its character. The continuous red brick band, articulated by a projecting soldier course of matching brickwork, forms the windowsills and balconies. The brickwork detailing has sought inspiration from the surrounding buildings along High Street North and within the local Durham Road conservation area. The gym has a vertically ribbed brick texture, which visually contrasts the horizontal banding of the residential elements and celebrates it as a non-residential use activating the corner.

Existing mature trees to the north of the site were a key influence in the decision to not have built form on the northern boundary. Instead, the trees have been used to enhance the communal garden. The design development has been informed by continuous dialogue with planning officers, Design Review Panel members, neighbours, the client, the daylight consultant, and the wider design team. A planning application was submitted in July 2021.

client

newham council

structural engineer

graphic structures

services engineer

max fordham

quantity surveyor

potter raper

landscape architects

me landscapes

planning consultants

first plan

visualisations

secchi smith