Peabody Crescent

Royal Victoria Docks, London

On a gateway site into Royal Victoria Dock Urban Village from the Docklands Light Railway, this building contains 53 general and special needs apartments and 700 sq m of shops, bars and restaurants. The circular terrace creates an iconic form set in an exciting plaza at the foot of the bridge.

The Peabody Crescent successfully challenges historic conventions, and sets new benchmarks for performance. This building has been designed to offer low cost in use and has an exceptionally high specification within a transparent envelope. It has won national awards and been used as a best practice case study in national design guidance documents.

  • Mixed use retail and residential
  • Low cost-in-use – running costs reduced by 50%
  • Loose fit / long life – readily convertible to a variety of uses
  • Low tech energy management system, with familiar controls
  • Innovations to enhance residents’ comfort include:
    • Flat slab structure & dense blockwork walls act as heat store
    • Full height, triple glazed, double coupled windows with integral blinds
    • Passive stack ventilation – fan assisted – to kitchens & bathrooms
    • Cool air draw from north to south side


RIBA Housing Design Award