The Tarling Estate

Stock Woolstencroft, S333 Architects, London, 2008


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White brick of Block Two 

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  • White brick of Block Two    
  • The tower marks the south-west corner of the site    
  • Tarling Block One foyer    
  • Cedar cladding of Blocks One and Two    
  • View of balconies    
  • Yellow pre-cast concrete panelling    
  • Exterior street view     
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Elevation     
  • Tarling street elevation    
  • Watney street elevation    
  • Block three elevation    
  • West elevation of S333    
  • 1 bedroom unit    
  • 2 bedroom unit    
  • 2 bedroom unit    
  • 3 bed disabled unit    
  • Ground and first floor of 6 bed block    
  • Second and third floor of 6 bed block    
  • 1 bed flat typology    
  • 3 bed flat typology    
  • 4 bed disabled flat typology    
  • Usage block diagram     

High density housing scheme for large families of East London's Bangladeshi community on a compact 0.72 hectare inner city site

The design, completed in partnership with S333 Architects, included extending and enhancing an important local street and creating new public spaces, shops, services and facilities whilst providing a diverse range and choice of modern new living environments.

The complete programme is accomodated within six blocks ranging from three to four-storey buildings to a twenty-storey tower. The street-based urban form with a terrace of family homes, a perimeter block and the high rise block focused on two new streets, ensures simplified access arrangements.

Of the affordable rent units, 43 are family sized, compromising large five and six bed contemporary terrace homes directly addressing the street, and three and four bed maisonettes stacked with access to private front doors. Importantly none of these are more than half a flight from street level with all lower units benefiting from access via a shared courtyard.


  • Begun: Mar 2005
  • Completed: Jun 2008
  • Floor area: 4,635m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £6.2M
  • Procurement: JCT98 with contractor's design
  • Address: Tarling Estate, Tarling Street, London, E1 OBA, United Kingdom

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