John Street Housing


Our John Street housing scheme in Plaistow, developed for the London Borough of Newham, introduces 70 new affordable homes to the area. The project prioritizes the provision of family homes, accounting for over 40% of the total units. The development offers a well-balanced mix of townhouses, maisonettes, and apartments across three, four, and twelve storeys. The project seamlessly integrates with the diverse townscape, with townhouses situated along John Street and apartments fronting onto Church Street.

Considerable attention has been given to scale, ensuring ample daylight and sunlight penetrate the scheme while maximizing the available landscape. A linear garden at the heart of the site serves as a shared space for all residents, complementing the existing apartment building to the north. Additionally, the proposal expands the publicly accessible landscape, introducing an enlarged pocket park along the eastern edge of the site.

The project is committed to high levels of sustainability and energy efficiency. The goal is to meet the rigorous Passivhaus standard, ensuring optimal thermal comfort and reduced energy costs for residents.

The homes themselves are generously proportioned, featuring corner balconies for apartments and spacious rooftop terraces for townhouses, which not only benefit from ample sunlight but also allow for optimal utilisation of the ground level.

Materials and detailing are carefully considered, blending brick and precast concrete to create distinct architectural elements. These include a pergola structure on the townhouse rooftops and a welcoming shared entrance for the apartments.


Affordable Housing, Home_feed, London Borough of Newham, Residential, Social Housing, Sustainability, Urban Housing,

Passivhaus homes for Newham

Location London, UK

Status Design