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Adelaide Wharf

A pioneering mixed tenure residential scheme with some workspace extruded into a prototype block, folded to create a U-shaped court. Each apartment has an outdoor room part hung, part cantilevered out over the streets, courtyard or canal. Facade is composed of layers of roughly sawn larch that makes reference to the warehouses of packing crates that once occupied this site. RIBA Award Winner 2008.


Allford Hall Monaghan Morris



118/120 Queensbridge Road (at junction Whiston Road) E2 8PD

Sat 10am-3pm. Hourly architect-led tours. Pre-book ONLY on megan.van-niekerk@firstbase.com. NB. no tour at 1pm. Last tour 3pm. Max 15 per tour.

Liverpool Street

48, 242, 243, 55, 254, 106

  • Architect on site
  • Green features
  • Partial disabled
  • Toilets available

ADELAIDE WHARF Adelaide Wharf is a pioneering mixed tenure housing scheme comprising 147 new homes and 650 sqm of workspace. Located on the Regent_s Canal in Hackney, First Base has created sustainable, adaptable and well designed homes set within a safe environment with communal facilities for all residents. The scheme is the first to be delivered as part of English Partnerships_ London-Wide Initiative with a mix of privately sold, Key Worker and socially rented apartments. There is no visible differentiation between tenures and all of the homes are built and managed to the same high specification. Adelaide Wharf combines sophisticated urban intervention, emerging efficient construction technologies and the latest thinking in residential development. Awards Building Magazine Housing Project of the Year Award 2009 Civic Trust Award 2009 Civic Trust Special Award for Best Housing Project 2009 GLA London Planning Awards for Best New Place to Live 2009 Hackney Design Award 2008 Building for Life Award 2008 World Architecture Festival – Highly Commended 2008 RIBA National Award for Architecture 2008 Housing Design Award 2008 _Adelaide Wharf has already won numerous awards as an example of fine mixed housing and should be a model for the future once the sector recovers._ Architect of the Year Awards – BD Magazine – October 2008 _The Adelaide Wharf scheme in Hackney proves that affordability need not compromise architecture._ Housing Horizons – The Guardian – March 2009