The scheme has received the award for Best Residential Project in the inaugural Architectural Review Future Project Prize, which recognises the most innovative architectural designs from around the world that are set to shape the future of our towns and cities.
Designed for housing association The Peabody Trust, and developer Urban Space Management, the Living Bridge is a possible solution to London’s current housing crisis and the severe shortage of development sites. This elegant ten-storey clear span structure would create a landmark gateway to the Lea Valley, combining 92 homes with the need for both a bus and a pedestrian crossing over the river.
Each apartment would be manufactured off-site and craned into place, exploiting the benefits of prefabricated building methods and the lightweight nature of steel-framed modular construction.
Central to the design is a secure and sheltered communal ‘winter garden’ for use by residents. The housing is formed from two curved terraces, which are stepped back from a shared deck raised 12.7m above sea level. Some of the apartments would also have the benefit of private roof terraces.
Dickon Robinson, Director of Development, Peabody