McGrath Road wins Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development at the 2019 London Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards
Kicking off the 2019 summer awards season, our project, McGrath Rd has won Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development at the 2019 London Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards.
John Rowan and Partners provided multidisciplinary services for the £6.7m development which was designed by Peter Barber Architects and built by Mulalley for the London Borough of Newham.
Cleverly designed with back to back living, the scheme re-envisioned a previous application for 20 basic flats built across two towers. Today it provides 26 new shared equity two and three bedroom homes, beautifully designed with highly complex brick structures and large feature arches.
“It’s great to see the continued development of this area and this new picturesque street is certainly a great new asset for the community.”
“As Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant, Principal Designer and H&S advisors, we worked closely with the London Borough of Newham, Peter Barber and Mulalley to help ensure the delivery of this beautiful new street in East London. Initially, this site was intended for affordable rent properties, but following the clients change of strategy we liaised and managed stakeholders to rework the scheme with Peter Barber and maximise its market value.” Explains Mash Halai, Chairman and Head of Residential Development and Regeneration at John Rowan and Partners.
John Rowan and Partners are the sole consultant on a 10-year multi-disciplinary contract with the London Borough of Newham, as well as part of a four-year framework. The consultancy has been working closely with the Council for over a decade on various projects.
Mash added “Located near Stratford, we know this area well, as we delivered the Athletes Village to its subsequent transformation to East Village in the Olympic Park. It’s great to see the continued development of this area and this new picturesque street is certainly a great new asset for the community.”
Boasting unique architecture and a contemporary design, the site is finished to a high quality and a great example of how affordable housing can go hand in hand with great design. The houses feature double height arcaded frontages, a top floor living room and private balcony’s or roof terraces.
The LABC Building Excellence Awards is a prestigious annual event, celebrating the essence of good buildings using technical excellence, innovation, green and sustainable building quality, good team working, high performance and problem solving.
“No other building awards look at how well buildings are put together from start to finish and the skills and competencies of those who design and construct them.”
Paul Everall CBE, Chief Executive at LABC said:
“These awards are different. They aren’t about good looks or fancy design (although many winners incorporate both). They are about quality and standards. No other building awards look at how well buildings are put together from start to finish and the skills and competencies of those who design and construct them. We are very proud of everyone involved – they show the way ahead for the industry.”
Following on from this regional success, McGrath Road has also qualified as a finalist for the LABC Grand Finals 2019 in November in London.