This project transforms a disused infill site to create nine unique new homes within and adjacent to a former Victorian public house. Elegant, contemporary interventions have been carefully crafted alongside the existing fabric to create a characterful and high quality design for one, two and three-bedroom dwellings. The use of high quality materials and simple, robust detailing respects the existing architectural vocabulary.
The Pier Tavern was a Victorian public house with residential accommodation above, situated in Cubitt Town at the quiet southern end of the Isle of Dogs. The sole surviving historic building in a neighbourhood razed during and redeveloped after World War Two, the Tavern had stood isolated and abandoned for some years.
Our scheme has carefully restored, expanded and stitched the building back into its newer surroundings while retaining its distinctive character. Façade renovation, internal remodelling and a new extension to the rear of the site provides space for a new public house and nine new homes.
The extension is designed to sit comfortably alongside the existing building. Its formal composition and simple detailing mediate between the exuberance of the pub and the rational housing blocks surrounding the site, giving a nod to our previous transformation of the Pier Street Estate across the road.
The Pier Tavern’s recent local listing recognises the built heritage and social historic significance of public houses in Tower Hamlets. Its restoration has secured its continued presence in the neighbourhood for years to come.
Architect: Rivington Street Studio