St Katharine's Precinct, 2020-2025
- 114 mixed tenure homes, hotel, community, workspace next to historic retreat Limehouse E14
Located adjacent to Limehouse Station and historic estate and urban retreat, the 'Royal Foundation of St Katharine', Otterlo is developing a complex of mixed used buildings built around a cloistered quadrangle. 114 new homes, expanded retreat facilities, community cafe, community hall, subsidised workspace, public gardens and a new street to be known as 'St Katharine's Walk'.
The first step on this journey was the opening of St Katharine’s Precinct. A temporary community project comprising Yurts, shipping containers and a kitchen garden. The purpose of the Precinct project is to understand how to serve the neighbourhood with new facilities and what these permanent facilities will look like. In a short time the Precinct has become extremely important to the community and popular to visitors from near and far.
The new retreat, community and workspace facilities, and public gardens will connect into and be part of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine. A charity established by Queen Matilda in 1140 that today runs an urban retreat used by a large number of prolific and niche non-profit organisations as well as individuals of all faiths.
The Foundation's expanded and new facilities, funded by the new housing above, will be centred around a cloistered quadrangle. This will join the half dozen of cloistered quadrangles in London Otterlo has discovered to date. If you know of one hidden away please share!
Otterlo is working with Matthew Lloyd Architects and heritage consultant, Richard Coleman of City Designer, to formulate a series of buildings and chain of landscaped spaces. This new place will deliver not only a beautiful new piece of the city but will also deliver a unique and significant package of public benefits: large family social rented housing, a new street, a public garden, community cafe, community hall, and subsidised workspace. The quality of design and the value of the social outputs will together enhance the surrounding York Square Conservation Area and the adjacent Grade II* listed former sugar merchants house and chapel.
Norther Site, Royal Foundation of St Katharine,
Butcher Row, E14
Residential, Retreat Facilities, Community Cafe, Community Hall, Affordable Workspace, Public Gardens, & a New Street
Royal Foundation of St Katharine, Galliard Homes, Acorn Property Group
Matthew Lloyds Architects
Richard Coleman, City Designer