Goodluck Hope: a new riverside neighbourhood

Taking shape within the docklands riverside in east London is Goodluck Hope, a new neighbourhood which will provide more than 800 new homes within the setting of the Leamouth and North Greenwich peninsulas. Once an area of intense industrial activity, this site in particular had been an important location for ship building and remnants of this industrial past remain in place, leaving a distinctly maritime legacy. It is adjacent to the eclectic Trinity Bouy Wharf which includes London’s only lighthouse. This rich heritage has shaped the architectural response today.

Goodluck Hope, which takes its name from an earlier historic moniker for Leamouth Peninsula, will include buildings of all sizes, from small to medium to tall. Medium rise buildings are contemporary reinterpretations of the warehouse typology and will create a recognisably industrial roofscape. Taller elements have been designed so that they can take their place in the horizon of power stations, pylons, silos and chimneys. Townhouses will line a new residential street, Orchard Place, which sits at the heart of scheme. The materiality of new buildings will combine contemporary and industrial elements resulting in a character fitting for this context.

A family-friendly public realm, designed by landscape architects Spacehub, will provide 2,120 sqm of playspace with outdoor areas designed for different age groups in mind. And attention has been given to create a nearly car-free network of streets, to maximise the waterfront setting and to deliver new flood defences. A network of pedestrian and cycle friendly slips, yards, gardens, riverside walks and a new dry dock square further embody the industrial past.

The development, which was launched under the name Goodluck Hope last month, has been designed by Allies and Morrison for Ballymore. Planning approval was granted for the scheme in 2016.