Since 2015 we have been working in partnership with Poplar HARCA and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to regenerate part of the Burdett Estate. Further to extensive consultation with local residents we have developed much needed new homes and a broad range of valuable community amenities.

The scheme provides 109 mixed-tenure homes, a brand new primary school and nursery, a sports hall/community centre and a mosque on a tight 2.38 acre site. It has been designed by renowned architects Pollard Thomas Edwards.

The main part of the St Paul’s Way Foundation school is located on the ground floor of an eight storey residential building with single storey school buildings ‘cloistered’ to the rear of it, including the sports hall/community centre, a multi-use games area and playground space.

The playground and Multi Use Games Area cover a generous 33,938 sq ft (3,153 sq m). The playground has been designed around a large, mature Wingnut tree that allows for a quiet space, encouraging outdoor reading and shade during the warmer months. A canopy connects all the school buildings creating a safe enclosure and cover from rain or sun.

The St Paul’s Way Foundation School is part of our all-through school and children go on to become members of St Paul’s Way Trust School (a secondary school and sixth form), judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

A wide variety of homes have been developed from studios to 4 bedroom family homes for private sale, shared ownership and affordable rent.

All the homes have been built to Lifetime Homes standards and meet the former Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The school and mosque have a BREEAM Excellent Rating and benefit from 80 photovoltaic panels, sedum roofs, sun tubes, and a breathing building system.

Bow Garden Square, which was completed in 2019, has received the ‘Development of the Year’ accolade at the RESI Awards 2019, ‘Best Regeneration’ at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2019 and a 'Project Award' from the Housing Design Awards 2017.

The build challenges were numerous, not just due to the site’s enclosed nature. Existing residents of the two blocks of flats had to be rehoused before any demolition could start. A temporary school had to be set up within the site’s curtilage and the building of the new school had to take place one wing a year to be able to accept the new influx of pupils by the start of the September term.  This was not a development where construction could overrun. The build programme was compromised further as demolition could not take place during school breaks, lunchtimes and PE classes.

Five years ago we had a vision for this school and it is absolutely fantastic to see it realised. What a difference this school will make to the lives of local children for many years to come!

Grahame Price, CEO of the University Schools Trust