Poplar Riverside Implementation Strategy

Client: London Thames Gateway Development Agency
Contract value: N/A
Completed: November 2008


We were appointed through competition in February 2008 for the Implementation and Delivery Strategy for Poplar Riverside, a strategically important area within the Lower Lea Valley but long suffering from post war deprivation. This project is one of a number which builds on our research and interest in post industrial river related urban situations.

Poplar Riverside is located within the Lower Lea Valley (LLV) in East London which is currently undergoing rapid change. Over the next 20 years the combined effect of the new Lea River Park and 2012 Olympic Legacy will transform the Valley from a declining industrial backland into a foreground ‘water city’ for East London.

We were team leaders working with a range of sub-consultants including transport, property, cost, environment, socio-economics and planning to look at the regenerative potenail of the area and how new development can be managed within the context of the Lea River Park and local transport improvments. The strategy involves knitting into the surrounding areas along and across the river Lea; proposing social and physical infrastructure; density, mix, mass, scale and character of new river edge development; improvements to A12 crossing and transformation into a public boulevard; funding mechanisms and design guidelines to promote successful long term regeneration of the area.

We looked at both a wider area and core area which have been brought together into an integrated vision for Poplar Riverside. The wider area strategies look specifically at creating new connections within Poplar Riverside and to surrounding areas; new local centres and social infrastructure to support new and existing communities. The core area proposals look at the transformation of industrial sites along the River Lea within 5 sub-sites to include mixed residential and employment uses and a new river edge park as part of the Lea River Park open space network. Through this work we have also been involved in a Green Book appraisal for Ailsa Street sites. It concluded with a costed delivery strategy and an action plan for the LTGDC and its partner organizations. The Strategy both highlights key constraints and opportunities which restrict the development of the core area and concludes that new links are essential to the development of Poplar Riverside as a whole and to its role within a connected valley. It also concludes with costed delivery strategy and an action plan for the LTGDC and its partner organizations.