Parkside Estate (Hitchin Square)Tower Hamlets, London

Circle Housing / Old Ford Housing
Winner - Regional - London - The Planning & Placemaking Awards 2016
Shortlisted - Small Project of the Year - Building Awards 2016
Shortlisted - Affordable Housing Development of the Year - Inside Housing Top 60 Developments 2016
Shortlisted - Completed Award - Housing Design Awards 2016
Highly Commended - Best Small Development - National Housing Awards 2015
PRP Studio


  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Planning
  • Across the four east London estates collectively known as the Parkside Estate, PRP has developed a number of small infill sites to address current overcrowding in the area. These sites are to be occupied by high quality family homes with mixed tenure, and range in size from single-storey conversions to a large site of over 40 new homes. The primary objective was to create a sense of place that fully integrates with the surrounding environments and is unique to each site. The sites have been controversial and PRP has worked closely with the community to address any concerns.

  • PRP and Circle Housing Old Ford’s regeneration of Hitchin Square has transformed a dilapidated garage site and underused grass area into a new mews street with landscaped area for play, relaxation and visual amenity.

    The landscape design helps to bind the new and existing building styles and reactivates the communal open space through providing new paths and activities. The layout for this area is a simple oval of grass around which play, planting and a footpath are arranged. The existing trees were retained to provide a backdrop to the new buildings and because they provide a sense of scale and maturity to the space.

  • Planning at PRP worked in close collaboration with our architects and Circle Housing Group to regenerate and redevelop 18 sites across the Parkside Estate in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Owing to the constrained nature of many of the sites, innovative proposals were developed to ensure that high quality affordable dwellings were proposed that responded to the environment and complemented the existing dwellings and communities within the Estate. The last site, a brownfield redevelopment for 45 affordable homes adjacent to the A12 is currently being determined by the Council.