Millharbour, Isle of Dogs

Millharbour, Isle of Dogs



Pembroke Real Estate




New Build


Thermal Modelling
Daylight - Sunlight - Overshadowing Studies
Wind Engineering
Environmental Impact Assessment Co-ordination


This is a £250m residential-led, mixed-use development within a stone's throw of Canary Wharf that will provide up to 1,100 residential units and 1500sq.m of mixed retail and cafe/restaurant development on the Isle of Dogs. This urban site has been designed with a basement below the full site footprint and seven towers rising up to 48 storeys and public realm decked at ground level.

BWB was appointed by Pembroke Real Estates to undertake design and environmental planning services up to Stage D on 2 Millharbour at the Isle of Dogs. The professional services we delivered focused on the project management activities required to drive and coordinate the production of the Environmental Impact Assessment. This included document preparation, incorporating technical chapters provided by BWB and others, and the preparation of the Environmental Statement.

Key Challenges

We were also commissioned to provide scheme design of the structural components which included the engineering advice to develop the over-arching Urban Design Framework (UDF) for Millharbour Village. The purpose of the UDF is to provide a set of guiding principles for the entire Millharbour Village, which encompasses 3 adjacent development sites. BWB produced all the environmental and engineering reports used in preparation for the framework documentation.

Our Sustainable Building Services Team, using simulation methods which analysed sun paths to produce the overshadowing report. The team also led extensive negotiations with the local authority to determine the incumbent energy guidelines and targets and allow us to develop the energy strategy for the new development. Building upon the impressive work done for the UDF, BWB were able to stave off strong competition to be retained by Pembroke estates to develop the engineering design further to support the detailed planning application.

The building structure was designed to Stage D in Revit to be BIM compliant and challenging ground conditions were overcome using a sequent piled retaining wall design. Careful design and planning went into the site SUDS system integrated with the deck of the public realm.

The site in the Historic London Docklands was within an Archaeology Priority Area and surrounded by various docklands conservation areas and Ecology designations. Situated in an area of Safeguarding responsibility around London City Airport and Flood Zone 3, stakeholder engagement was a key facet in the management and production of a thorough EIA. Planning constraints included negotiations with City Airport on aviation restrictions (50 and 35 storey residential towers - wind engineering / lateral stability).


Steve Wooler

Steve Wooler
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