James Voller Way, Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, London, UK

The challenge in this project was to deliver the qualities of large, single-family homes in a tough inner city environment. Our mixed-use residential building recasts the terraced row - a combination of apartments and a 21st Century reinterpretation of the archetypal British terrace house typology - in a form that best responds to the intensity of its urban surroundings. The new homes provide generous and secure outdoor amenity and a flexible ground floor that can accommodate other uses in the future.

The different types of living spaces are located at different levels within each home so that the extended family and children can enjoy both privacy and family gatherings when necessary. The result is a new concept of family urban living in a tough inner city environment - all for a standard social-housing construction budget.

Traditional Victorian Terrace

Raised volume; volume is moved to the street edge

Insertions into ground floor

Opportunity for additional amenity spaces




Roof Terrace

James Voller Way, Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, London, UK



One Housing Group (formally Toynbee Housing Association)


21 apartments

10 houses

150 m2 retail space

Site area

0.2 ha

Building costs

GBP 7,600,000