Limehouse Basin


Location: Limehouse, LB Tower Hamlets
Uses: Phase 1 and 2, 262 apartments with ground floor commercial space;
Phase 4, 50 apartments and houses;
Client: Bellway Homes Essex
Awards: Commended for the National Homebuilder Design Awards 2004, as Best 3 Storey House;
Shortlisted for the RIBA Housing Design Awards 2004;
Phase 1 and 2 Shortlisted for the RIBA Housing Design Awards 2001;
Winner of the Planahome Awards 2000;
Finalist of the RIBA Housing Design Awards 2000;
Winner of National Homebuilder Design Awards 2000 as Apartment building of the Year;


A complex urban site on an historic basin at the end of the Grand Union Canal and bordered by a Grade I listed viaduct.
The masterplan provided phased delivery with 4 distinct parcels of land; each with unique challenges, but all benefitting from the inspiring location. A series of buildings is arranged around Limehouse Basin to maximise water views and values.

The early phases, to the western end, include a 12 storey tower as a focal point on the marina with a spectacular penthouse with 180 degree views. These buildings also address significant technical challenges and engineering constraints with a double basement car park which sits across the Limehouse Link Tunnel.

To the eastern end, the final phases maximise value within restricted development capacity, including a further 12 storey tower, as well as a series of grand houses; contemporary in design and layout with a dramatic triple-height stair.

The scheme revitalises the waterside with generous new landscaping and commercial activity.