Clean air and natural habitats: our plans for Blackwall Yard

To mark World Habitat Day on 5th October and National Clean Air Day on 8th October, we take a closer look at the work we’re doing to future-proof our developments.
Published Thu 8 Oct 2020

Our approach to sustainability is underpinned by three pillars - empowering communities, protecting the natural environment and stimulating the local economies in which we work. We are committed to playing our part in the delivery of global sustainable development by 2030. It’s about future-proofing our designs so they will stand the test of time and continue to bring benefits to surrounding environment and communities.

At our development in Blackwall Yard in Tower Hamlets, we’re integrating these considerations into our proposals. Apart from blue-badge access, the 898-home development will be completely car free, and active travel will be encouraged with a series of innovative sustainable transport solutions such as e-bikes, scooters, cargo bikes and Brompton bikes for the use of residents and neighbours.

Providing low-carbon, affordable alternatives to car travel will cut harmful air pollution from exhaust fumes and reduce the impacts on air quality on site – even more important given the high levels of congestion in this part of east London, which has some of the highest levels of air pollution in the UK.

Another key goal is working towards biodiversity net gain across Blackwall Yard. Increasing the open green spaces on the site and planting 150 trees will create new natural habitats and help remove air pollutants. Our proposals will also see the installation of biodiverse and bio-solar roofs, plants that are resilient to drought and floods, and building an outdoor natural swimming pool to enable greater contact with nature.

As we continue to map out how to make our developments as sustainable as possible, check back to see how our plans progress over the coming months.