HTA-designed development to include more than 800 homes in towers rising to 36 storeys in height

Telford Homes has been given the green light for a major residential scheme in Ilford consisting of a cluster of towers up to 36 storeys in height.

Redbridge council backed the planning officer’s recommendation to approve the 11-block scheme last week.

Designed by HTA Design, it will provide 447 student bedrooms and 837 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable, along with ground level retail, offices and leisure space.

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It will be located on the two hectare site of the former Britannica Works factory, a manufacturer of photographic materials originally founded in Ilford in 1879.

The company, which trades under the name Ilford Photo, was one of the earliest makers of photographic plates and established Ilford as a global centre for the industry,

Elements of the scheme will be inspired by the history of the firm, including in the names of public realms spaces and in wayfinding points. 

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A green space at the centre of the former factory complex will also be retained and will form the heart of a network of connected space totalling nearly 7,000sq m in area.

The approval fot architect HTA follows its win for the second phase of the Meridian Water regeneration in Enfield in October.

The scheme, which the practice designed with Hawkins Brown, will include nearly 700 flats and commercial and leisure space.

HTA’s reworked plans for a 400-home housing scheme in Camberwell were also given the go ahead in August. 

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