Great Eastern Quays



Type: Architectural Steel &
Bolt-On Balconies


Client: Galliford Try Partnership

Architect:RMA Architects / ML Architects (Maccreanor Lavington)

Engineers:Manhire Associates

Scope: 170 balconies, balustrades, railings, vent grilles, guardings, privacy screens

The Project

Great Eastern Docks sits within the Royal Docks area of London, the largest enclosed docks in the world. This large development area is set to gain over 9,000 new homes by 2027, creating a whole new, vibrant neighbourhood. Notting Hill Housing appointed regeneration specialists Galliford Try to develop the first phase of 360 new-build residential units, a riverside setting with views to the Thames and the City.

The three planned blocks featured 40% affordable homes, offices, leisure and community space, and a new footbridge over the Albert Basin Dock.


The Challenge

To keep as much construction off-site as possible, Galliford Try wanted a partner who could design, manufacture, install and commission 170 balconies, all assembled off-site.

They also wanted the same company to manufacture an architectural metalwork package of balustrades, railings, vent grilles, maintenance area guarding, privacy screens, staircase balustrades and handrails.


The Brooksby Response

Brooksby were able to undertake the whole package, putting in place a project team consisting of a Project Co-ordinator, a Design Team, a Contracts Manager, a Health & Safety Manager and finally a Director responsible for the whole project. One of the first jobs was to provide a full-size sample balcony immediately after winning the contract. The main balconies had a tight specification, with positive drainage to water collection trays discharged to a downpipe, composite decking and balustrades produced to a specified finish. To achieve that finish Brooksby had all balustrading hot zinc metal sprayed, then powder coated to a specially sourced bronze colour. In addition, some of the balconies had to have supporting work for the surrounding brick cladding.

It was critical to the project timeline that all pre-assembled balconies arrived in pristine condition, so Brooksby built special transport stillages to ensure safe transit.

The scheme won silver in the Best Regeneration Scheme and bronze in the Best Build to Rent Scheme at the 2017 What House Awards.