James Riley Point refurbishment project shortlisted for the New London Architecture 2023 awards
Posted 15 September 2023
Located within the Carpenters Estate, in the London borough of Newham, James Riley Point (JRP) forms the first phase of a comprehensive masterplan to regenerate and restore this 1960’s estate, which will deliver 2,152 new, refurbished and replacement residences, and will deliver a minimum of 50% of these as affordable homes.
The innovative refurbishment of the JRP works with the new community and sports facilities at its base, and reconfigures the building’s internal and external amenity spaces to meet housing policy, reduce the building embodied carbon and bring its 132 homes up to the Passivhaus EnerPHit Standard.
Illustrating that sustainable retrofit can be beautiful and architectural, the refurbishment of JRP rises from its plinth of eight sculptural columns (reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s Unité) and highlights the homes the tower affords with picture-box framed balconies designed to provide a sense of safety, security and enclosure. Inspired by the vibrancy of the diverse Carpenters community, and the historic legacy of the nearby 18th century Bow Porcelain factory, the building has then been clad in coloured glazed ceramics that give it a domestic and humanist quality, while celebrating JRP as a landmark building.
The towers, James Riley Point and Lund Point, have been an important part of The Carpenters history and repurposing them into high quality new buildings will allow their legacy to continue as part of the new masterplan. A range of house sizes have been included, in response to local demand, and will deliver a significant proportion of family homes.
Winners will be announced on 15 November.
To view the full shortlist and vote for the People's Choice Award, see the NLA website here.