Devon's Road

Bow, Tower Hamlets, East London


Type: Structural Steel & Bolt-On Balconies

Sector:Residential & Commercial

Client: Galliford Try PLC / Peabody Housing Provider

Architect:PTAL – Peter Taylor Associates Ltd

Engineers:Manhire Associates

Scope: Steel framing, new sewage vent shaft, balconies, balustrades, privacy screens, canopy.

The Project

Devon’s Road is a four-phase residential development in Bow, East London. The housing provider Peabody appointed Galliford Try PLC as the main contractor on the first phase, to create 259 high standard, mixed-tenure homes, 59 for social rent, 40 for shared ownership & 160 for private sale. The site also included eight commercial units, and a communal landscaped courtyard with play areas throughout with families and children in mind.

The Challenge

Before the project could start there was a tall, brick Victorian sewage vent pipe that needed replacing. Over 30m tall, this was to be designed and constructed in steel.

Galliford Try wanted to appoint one company to design and manufacture both a structural steelwork package that included this unusual vent, as well as an architectural metalwork package consisting of access gates, balconies and terrace balustrades, privacy screens and canopy structures.

The Brooksby Response

Brooksby completed a fully compliant tender and were appointed to the project. The first elements to be designed and manufactured were the access gates and the steel sewage ventilation shaft structure. The structure was manufactured in sections.

Brooksby then assembled it in their yard and transported it in sections, then reassembled it on site. The architectural metalwork package included 104 free draining balcony structures across 12 different types and sizes, with cantilevered brackets cast into the building. They all featured Siberian Larch timber decking, some with timber cladding to the front and glass balustrades to the sides. Others were glazed all round with stainless steel capping rails and a select few featured aluminium metal panels. Privacy screen were fitted to 29 balconies.