Countryside's Atrium Building at Canning Town's East City Point Triumphant at London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018
With views of the London Olympic Legacy Park and the City, The Atrium Building, which provides 92 private homes and 61 identical affordable homes within the same building, forms the focal point of the first phase of East City Point (ECP). All homes have been built to Lifetime Homes’ standards, while 10 per cent are suitable for people with disabilities.
The winning development is contemporary in character, featuring a marked contrast between the masonry southern side with paisley patterned balconies and the elegant north-facing glass façade, glass balustrade walkways, bridges and a central winter garden for the shared use of the residents.
Built adjacent to the A13, the building is well sound-proofed and protected from pollution by an innovative glazed wall.
Working in partnership with Newham Council and Affinity Sutton, Countryside has completed a total of 649 mixed-tenure homes at ECP, a new energy centre and invested £7.4m in delivering new buildings at Keir Hardie Primary School.
The Atrium Building was also shortlisted for ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ at the awards.
Robert Wilkinson, Managing Director for East London at Countryside Partnerships South, said: “This prestigious award is testament to Shepheard Epstein Hunter’s meticulous design process and the quality of The Atrium Building as well as the dedication and hard work of the entire team on the ground at ECP. This is a wonderful example of how thoughtful design and a focus on the wellbeing of local residents can produce exceptional buildings, providing high-quality and sustainable homes in the capital.
“Improving residents’ quality of life and providing a sustainable and cohesive community is the starting point for all Countryside developments. The Atrium Building is, once again, a prime example of how we have integrated all housing types without compromising on quality, whilst also introducing more communal facilities and vital new infrastructure to develop stronger bonds within the community.”