Vulcan Wharf

Vulcan Wharf consists of a number of low-grade, low-rise industrial sheds and hard standing areas. It is bounded by a combination of brick wall, metal railing and informal timber-panelled fencing, the majority of which is in various states of disrepair. The 1.35-hectare site lies at the confluence of the Bow Back River and the River Lea to the south east and south west, with the A12 and A118/Stratford High Street beyond. A publicly-accessible towpath runs adjacent to the River Lea, leading to the Olympic Park and Bromley-by-Bow. The north eastern edge is defined by Cook's Road and the north western edge by a Crossrail/National Grid substation. Neighbouring the site to the south east over the Bow Back River is the completed 34 and 14-storey Capital Towers residential-led mixed-use development. To the north east, along Cook's Road and now under construction, is a 6-8 storey perimeter block residential scheme, with ground floor employment uses.

Planning policy

Vulcan Wharf is located on the western boundary of the London Borough of Newham, adjacent to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. However, it is under the local planning authority of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Created in 2012, the LLDC is responsible for the legacy of the London Olympic Games, with the responsibility of determining planning applications around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Vulcan Wharf has been designated as a site for redevelopment within the LLDC Local Plan 2015 and the emerging new Local Plan, as well as the adopted Pudding Mill Supplementary Planning Document 2017. The site sits on the south-westernmost part of the evolving area known as Pudding Mill and forms one of the boundaries for the Pudding Mill Masterplan. The LLDC’s clear vision for Vulcan Wharf is for an employment-led, mixed-use development that provides light industrial uses, new homes, open space, and improved transport links.

London Square We take our name from the ethos of London’s famous squares, the legacy and the sense of community they have created over the centuries. Respectful of the past and inspired by the future, we are committed to shaping exceptional properties that reflect the aspirations of our residents, stimulate thriving communities and set a new benchmark for modern living in the capital.

Peabody In June 2017 Peabody and Family Mosaic merged to become one organisation. We are now responsible for 55,000 homes in and around the capital. Peabody draws on over 150 years of history and expertise. Our new, bigger organisation has been inspired by the response to the 'Cathy Come Home' era of poor quality housing and poverty in post-war Britain, as well as George Peabody's vision of providing safe and affordable housing for the working poor of Victorian London. We are pioneers in social housing and have a key role to play in helping to shape London’s future. We want to create sustainable, vibrant places to live, build communities and design high quality places which are truly integrated into the wider cityscape.

Project Team

Assael Architecture Assael Architecture is founded on a commitment to add value at all stages of design. Through collaboration with clients, design teams and local authorities, we realise the full potential of complicated sites, often in sensitive urban locations. We help to deliver quality, enjoyable and sustainable places that enhance the well-being of residents and the wider community.

Metropolitan Workshop We are a multidisciplinary practice of architects and urban designers. We collaborate across two studios in Dublin and London, and strive to become one of the most trusted, original and responsible voices for architecture and urbanism.

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