Old Ford Road

Old Ford Road

Bow, London E3, UK | View Map
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Timothy Soar

Old Ford Road

pH+ as Architects

Overlooking Victoria Park our Old Ford Road scheme interprets the language of the wharf buildings along the Hertford Union Canal, as well as the rhythm and mass of the Georgian terraces of the neighbouring conservation area, to create eight new dwellings on a complex site in East London.


The scale of the scheme, three storeys, topped with a habitable roof level sympathetically responds to the adjacent apartment blocks, continuing their line along the canal. Its distinctive gabled profile echoes the rhythm of the surrounding terraces, while the robust simplicity of its forms, with large openings maximising light to interior living spaces, to echo the historic industrial vernacular of the canal area.


The folding rear façade opens up and frames vistas along the canal, as well as celebrating views over Victoria Park to the north. In contrast, the front façade responds to the more ordered rhythm of the fenestration of the conservation area opposite, with the folding planes creating defensible space as well as defining recessed entrances to each individual dwelling.


The serrations are further articulated into the roof form, facilitating the creation of generous private amenity space recessed into the slope of the pitches without impacting on the sculptural wharf form.


All new homes will enjoy extensive views out over the Hertford Union Canal and towards Victoria Park, while at ground floor level, the terrace and private garden area ensures that a green edge facing the canal is maintained.


Material Used:

1. Wienerberger – Facade Brick - Autumn Russet Sovereign Stock

2. Glazing Vision – Rooflights – Box Rooflights

3. Arkay Windows – Windows - Various

4. Aurubis – Metal Roofing – Nordic Brown

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ElementBrandProduct name
Metal RoofingNordic Copper from Aurubis Finland
Rooflights | Box RooflightsGlazing Vision Europe
Facade Brick | Autumn Russet Sovereign StockWienerberger
Product Spec Sheet
Rooflights | Box Rooflights
Facade Brick | Autumn Russet Sovereign Stock
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