Bow Cross / Priestman PointTower Hamlets, London

Swan Housing Group & Countryside Properties in Partnership
No of units
397 new homes
Tenure Mix
Varied and integrated tenures and house types
PRP Studio


  • Architecture
  • Urban Design & Masterplanning
  • Development Consultancy
  • Priestman Point is the first of three 25-storey 1960s tower blocks to be refurbished on the £100m Bow Cross regeneration project. PRP’s masterplan includes new housing for rent and sale, substantial new infrastructure and the full refurbishment of the towers. The regeneration design minimises crime risk and creates a secure, sustainable, high quality environment.

  • This 1970’s Estate in Bow, previously known as Crossways, is a flagship of the LBTH Housing for Choice programme. Since the 1980s the estate has been in serious physical and social decline. The regeneration design was carefully developed to minimise crime risk and create a secure, sustainable, high quality environment. Integrated landscaping was central to the overall urban design plan. Creation of communal courtyards, ground remodelling and new road and bridging structures create a layout which transforms perceptions of the estate and tie in with the surrounding urban environment.

  • This tower block retrofit and refurbishment project was the first of three to be undertaken on almost identical 1960 high rise blocks towers within the Bow Cross regeneration project, a flagship regeneration project providing almost 670 new mixed tenure homes. The project team worked hard to ensure the existing community was retained and the development phasing allowed for this. The project is a social sustainability success story, with the residents of the new development being proud of their homes and community in which they live. The design proposals were carefully developed to minimise crime risk and create a secure, sustainable, high quality environment.

    The tower block refurbishment comprised external over-cladding with high levels of thermal insulation, high performance windows, renewed and modernised heating and ventilation systems, new eco-lift services, new security systems and complete internal refurbishment of the flats and common areas.

    The new housing utilised off site manufactured timber and concrete frames with pre-fabricated façade panels, and has integrated renewable energy with the installation of PV panels and a gas CHP system which meets 100% of the hot water demand.