Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop submit plans

Metropolitan Workshop and Haworth Tompkins have submitted a planning application for the second phase of work at Blackwall Reach.

This is the project that will replace the soon-to-be-demolished Smithsons’ landmark Robin Hood Gardens.

The four buildings will contain 268 flats surrounding the retained grassy mound that stands between the two Smithsons blocks.

The two practices have designed two buildings each. They share a common architectural language but are different in style and expression, said housebuilder Swan.

Haworth Tompkins director Toby Johnson said: “We respect the legacy of the Smithsons and have been all too aware of the intellectual challenge involved in working on Blackwall Reach. However, we have worked closely with Metropolitan Workshop and Swan Housing to deliver a scheme that will preserve and enhance the open space and the heart of the estate, improve the relationship the new buildings make to the surrounding streets and provide better homes for the existing residents of the estate, as well as additional homes to meet the demand in this fast-changing part of London.

“We think these proposals will improve the quality of life for those living on and near the estate and support the wider regeneration of Blackwall Reach.”