The planning permission granted to Vastint UK in 2012 was the product of a lengthy collaboration between Newham Council and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (the planning authority at the time).
A guidance document called “Land Use and Design Brief for the Sugar House Lane and Three Mills Area” was created to set out a vision for the area. This important document set out a requirement for:
"a strong focus on employment uses, cultural and creative activities and a new residential community.”
Vastint UK adopted this vision to create a mix of uses for Sugar House Island which prioritises commercial resilience for the future community as part of its sustainable placemaking strategy.
The unusually high ratio of office space for this location, at 40% of the total, is designed to create a new business hub in Newham, bringing 2,500 jobs to the locality. It is also intended to enhance the viability of retail and amenity operators which serve the wider district, enlivening the area and supporting its commercial viability.
The balance of residential also prioritises families, with 40% of its 1,200 homes three-bedroom or more. Previous proposals for this site mimicked the high-rise designs appearing along the High Street. In contrast, our masterplan’s overriding aim was to bring buildings of a more human scale to this corner of east London. None of the accent blocks on the development are taller than 16 storeys, and contemporary mews houses aid permeability as well as personalising lower-scale perimeter blocks.