Imperial Street, Bromley-by-Bow

Imperial Street, Bromley-by-Bow


Commissioned to enable the construction of the Imperial Street development of 900 new homes as well as workspaces, retail and leisure space within Bromley-by-Bow, East London. This Guinness development sits at the heart of the Greater London Authorities Stratford Opportunity Area.

To facilitate the development, approximately 90m of existing river walls on the frontage of the River Lea Navigation, which forms the eastern boundary of the site, required replacing. BWB were engaged in RIBA Stages 1 through 6, acting on behalf of both the end client and the Contractor. BWB successfully managed the various stakeholders involved in the scheme, namely Canal & River Trust, The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Environment Agency, Network Rail and London Underground Ltd which was vital to the schemes delivery.

Key Challenges

In order to improve the sites public realm and enhance the sites residential and commercial offering the scheme also included the creation of a riverside park. BWB worked closely with the enabling works consultant, architect and client team to design a series of inland flood defence walls which enabled part of the site to be opened up to the waterways. Furthermore, by utilising sheet piles with ground anchors for the river wall BWB were able to mitigate the excess deflections within very poor ground conditions and enable the future piled apartment blocks to be constructed in proximity to the river wall which was a key challenge for the development.

By utilising our strong existing relationships with the various stakeholders, namely the Environment Agency and Canal & Rivers Trust, our experience and careful management we were successfully able to achieve the necessary agreements for the design and obtain planning within the timescales to ensure that the scheme remained on programme and budget.


Tim Loveridge

Tim Loveridge
Executive Director - Operations
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