Aberfeldy Village, Tower Hamlets

Aberfeldy Village is a major part of Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association’s plans to reshape Poplar in East London. The creation of a Joint Venture between Poplar HARCA and Willmott Dixon Regeneration is leading the regeneration of Aberfeldy Village to create revitalised community of over 1,200 homes together with a village centre providing retail, health and community facilities.

The development comprises blocks up to 12 storeys set along East India Dock road with lower rise of 4 to 10 storeys occupying the centre of the village. The project will be developed in up to 5 phases over 7 years. Construction phasing will be organised to minimise the environmental impact of the construction process upon existing residents wherever possible and to ensure that a ‘single move decant strategy’ can be implemented for the whole of the regeneration area.

The external landscape treatment for this project water as part of the urban design for external spaces. The surface water drainage was required to attenuate the rainfall on the development to greenfield run-off standards, resulting in the need for large volumes of rainwater storage which would normally be dealt with by large buried pipes or culverts. Working closely with architects Levitt Bernstein, CampbellReith developed a proposal for an urban swale alongside an avenue of trees forming the main features of a linear park through the estate.

The soil investigation identified significant depths of Made Ground, which was classified as Non-Hazardous for waste disposal purposes, with isolated areas of Hazardous waste. CampbellReith undertook a detailed study of levels and cut and fill volumes, resulting in a proposal to raise ground levels across the site by 200-300mm. An outline strategy for site treatment of waste soil before disposal off site was agreed. Our strategy achieved substantial savings compared to initial estimates and is now to be enhanced by additional targeted soil investigation to delineate locations of potential Hazardous waste.