Mastmaker Road


A structural and civil challenge, designing a residential development of both high and low rise buildings that was both efficient to build and sustainable to maintain.

The Mastmaker Road development was needed to fulfill the social housing requirement for other major Ballymore developments in the Docklands area.

The accommodation was spread between 4 blocks of townhouses/duplex apartments up to 6 storeys high and 2 high-rise towers of 19 and 23 storeys. A communal basement level was also developed for car parking. We designed the buildings using traditional Reinforced Concrete frame construction with large cantilever balconies and canopies creating a striking feature on the upper floors of the towers.

We used our expertise in lean design to develop achievable plans for all the sub-structures and super-structure within the tight timescale and budget. This project also allowed us to demonstrate our specialism in sustainability. The development provides 10% of its own energy from renewable resources as well as making use of a local combined heat and power system. Recently the project was featured in the exhibition “Sustainable London” at the The Design Centre, London. It has also won several awards including the 2010 London Evening Standard New Homes Award for ‘Best new development in the Affordable Homes sector’.


Key Facts

  • Client: Ballymore Properties
  • Location: Docklands, London
  • Year: 2009
  • Summary:
    This project consisted of 190 homes with community areas between blocks featuring allotments, gardens, a rooftop football pitch and further indoor space for flexible shared use.

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