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Client MacDonald Egan (Taylor Wimpey & Watkins Jones)

Site area 2.7

Number of homes 483

Homes per hectare 178

Local authority London Borough of Waltham Forest

This scheme will transform an underused and poor-quality industrial estate in north east London into a thriving neighbourhood of around 490 new homes, 520 student rooms and community and commercial space.

The site is a short walk from Blackhorse Road Underground and Overground rail stations and our proposals will create a new link to the future Walthamstow Wetlands - London’s largest urban wetland nature reserve.

The new link is provided via a tree-lined linear park which extends the bio-diverse habitat of the wetlands into the residential areas. At the gateway to the park will be the refurbished Gnome House, a 1930s art deco manufacturing plant, which will become a cafe, art gallery and series of studio spaces for local artists and start-up businesses.

Flats and maisonettes are laid out around semi-private courtyards, with affordable homes for families located in a single terrace of three- and four-bedroom houses and maisonettes with large private outdoor spaces.

On the south east corner of the site and fronting onto Blackhorse Lane, a four-to six-storey block will house retail and cafes on the ground floor with student accommodation above and arranged around a central courtyard.

The new buildings take their cue from surrounding industrial warehouses and waterside wharfs and include features such as sawtooth form rooflines and loading bay proportioned balconies.