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Tescos Towering Trad Site Plans

Standing next to Imperial Street and the Blackwall Tunnel Approach in east London, the so-called Trad Site has long had plans to build high-rises on it, although to date these have been less than successful in securing planning permission.

The latest of these is by ColladoCollins who have been commissioned by Tesco to create a massive new store for the supermarket chain replacing their existing one, 18 other shops, and 403 new apartments including a landmark tower directly overlooking the northern approach of the Blackwall Tunnel.

The retail giant won't be developing the housing element alone, it is intended to be a joint venture with an as yet unnamed housing association, however it does show their seriousness of exploiting their land-bank assets as much as they can - something they more or less missed out in the last property cycle despite murmurs to their shareholders that they would do so.

With a triangular footplate, the tower has each of its three corners bristling with balconies whilst the upper four floors step up towards the north providing residents with roof terraces they can enjoy the view from. Although next to a busy road, at this height there should be few worries about noise and pollution compared to those balconies lower down the tower, some of which directly overlook the six lane route.

The positioning of the tower is partly in response to a wider masterplan for the area that also features another tower on the opposite side of the road. Together these two tall buildings could act as a gateway for those driving north to Straford, and alternatively south towards Canary Wharf.

As well as the tower, further accommodation is provided in buildings to the south of Three Mills Lane with public green space to the eastern side of the site adjoining the nearby River Lea taking back for nature what is currently a car park. Private space for residents comes in the form of a landscaped courtyard in the middle block of the project along with a series of green roofs which some of the shorter buildings will have.

In shifting the store location from the northern part of the site to the southern part the supermarket, a sprawling building with an undulating roof, will bound a busy railway line and help provide a buffer between this and the residential section.

At the same time, a new route will be opened up from Three Mills Lane south towards the new supermarket improving permeability on the 11-acre site. The supermarket will also be accessed from the existing Imperial Street.

Tesco will be hoping this time round they can secure planning permission, although local council Tower Hamlets are rarely enraptured by housing next to the busiest roads in the borough, and thus much of the success of the application will be determined by how well the architect has planned in mitigating measures to help deal with the noise and pollution from passing motorists.

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