The Precinct, 2018-2022
New community hub, hospitality and mixed tenure homes within an East London hidden oasis
Otterlo is working with the Royal Foundation of St Katharine to redevelop an acre site, ‘The Precinct’, adjacent to Limehouse DLR.
Founded by Queen Matilda in 1147, the Royal Foundation of St Katharine (RFSK) has served as a centre for worship, hospitality and service for over 800 years as one of England’s longest running charities.
A key component of the Foundation’s work is its engagement with and service to the community in Limehouse and Shadwell. This work has recently been significantly amplified by the creation in 2015 of The Precinct project on the Northern Site.
Although this project is temporary, it already forms a central part of local life, with a popular Yurt Café, work and training spaces, and artists’ studios. More than 50 trade schools and 21 community projects have been created since the inception of The Precinct.
RFSK want to redevelopment the Precinct site to deliver a new community hub for this part of Tower Hamlets, with a mix of uses to support the Foundation’s core offer.
To achieve this bold vision the Foundation, via an open competition, selected Acorn Property Group and Galliard Homes to be their development partner. Otterlo acted on behalf of the joint venture to secure the development agreement and is acting as developer manager to deliver the project.
Enhancing RFSK's reputation as an urban oasis the proposed development centres on a quadrangle linking the existing facilities to a new public route along the viaduct and Limehouse Station.
Development comprises expanded hospitality and retreat facilities to enhance the Foundation’s core offer, a permanent home for the Precinct Café, community facilities, flexible workspaces and residential.
The new pedestrian route and Butcher Row will serve mansion flats. Whilst this component is the enabling development future residents will be an integral part of the ecosystem that RFSK seeks to nurture and grow.
Norther Site, Royal Foundation of St Katharine,
Butcher Row, E14
Hospitality, Retreat, Community Cafe, Flexible Workspaces and Residential.
Royal Foundation of St Katharine, Galliard Homes, Acorn Property Group -
Otterlo London acting as Developer Manager
Matthew Lloyds Architects