Royal Victoria Docks Masterplanning

Newham, London

Diversity and coherence have been key to the success ‘Britannia Village’. Tenures range from private ownership to social rented. Dwelling types range from one bed apartments to 4 bed town houses, to 3 bed galleried duplexes. Notwithstanding the variety of dwelling types and tenures, an overall cohesion has been achieved.

A variety of urban forms – crescents and circuses, streets and squares – all develop active frontages and clearly define public and private realms. Site specific design, a range of uses and a vibrant environment all help to secure short-term viability and long-term sustainability.

  • Mixed use Urban Village with integrated tenures
  • Over 1,300 dwellings
  • Townscape ‘future-proofed’ for later addition of new tram
  • Standardised product with approximately 40 repeats per unit type
  • Density average 111 units per hectare
  • Careful placement of buildings & view corridors maximises value
  • Affordable housing pepper potted over 6 sites
  • Townscape strategy, providing:
    • Variety in urban form, including courtyards, terraces, crescents, circuses & squares
    • Variety of public & private character areas
    • Clear pedestrian / cycle / vehicle movement hierarchy


RIBA Housing Project Award
RIBA Housing Design Award