Ailsa Wharf will regenerate one of the last remaining brownfield sites in Tower Hamlets, transforming a heavily contaminated 2.5 ha tract of land next to the River Lea which has laid unused for years. Situated between a busy urban motorway and the river, the key to unlocking this site has been to change the perception of it, from post-industrial wasteland to new urban quarter. The site has complex land ownership issues. Proposals will create a vibrant mixed-use hub of new homes (35% affordable), offices, retail and leisure facilities in 13 buildings varying between 3 and 17 storeys set within significant areas of new public realm. A welcoming link will run through the site to a new riverwalk, alongside the potential for a footbridge linking Tower Hamlets to Newham. Homes range in size from studios to four bedroom townhouses, all with outstanding amenity, aspect and excellent standards of living accommodation.
The site is located in close proximity to the A12 and we were able to demonstrate to TfL and London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) that the traffic impact of the proposals would be limited and acceptable through LINSIG modelling. We worked closely with the architect and landscape consultant to provide an improved public realm, including a new pedestrian and cycle route through the site across the River Lea via a newly proposed bridge. We undertook a detailed trip analysis outlining the demand on all modes of transport and the impact on particular bus and rail services, which was accepted by TfL. The application was supported by a PERS Audit, Travel Plan, ES Transport Chapter, a Water Freight Feasibility Study and Delivery and Servicing Management Plan. Vectos also prepared a S247 Stopping Up application for the new road alignment through the site.