St. Andrews

ClientBarratt London
LocationLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets


This former hospital site is located adjoining Bromley-by-Bow underground station, close to the Queen Elizabeth Park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to the St Andrew’s development, the site was a derelict eyesore that blighted the heart of a deprived and divided community.

Key project information 

  • 964 high-quality new homes, 50% of which are affordable (by habitable rooms)
  • £3.5m contribution towards the upgrade of Bromley-by-Bow Station
  • £1.7m contribution towards local education services
  • An emphasis on family accommodation
  • 1/3 total site area is open space
  • £250,000 contribution towards highway improvement works
  • Shops and cafés
  • An NHS healthcare facility including GP surgeries, local authority services, a chemist, community health services and a dentists’ surgery
  • New community building – approximately 500m2 surrounded by public open space
  • Architects: Allies and Morrison, Maccreanor Lavington, Glenn Howells

How we assisted 

We delivered all the community, political and media engagement for the former hospital site, working in partnership with Barratt London, the GLA, Circle and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

We established very close links with the local community, establishing a thorough programme of public engagement, giving local residents and groups the opportunity to contribute to the masterplan and the planning applications for the site. We also liaised with a local artist to develop an arts strategy, which integrated the site’s Victorian heritage into a community arts project enhancing the public realm.

Throughout the planning and construction process we provided a construction communications programme for local residents and hosted and managed a dedicated community website and quarterly newsletters. We managed both a Community Construction Working Group and a Stakeholder Liaison Group that worked with the development team to plan the community facilities. 


The development is now fully complete and occupied and has been the recipient of numerous awards to date, including three national Housing Design Awards in 2012, a Best Completed Scheme award for the second phase and a Community Consultation award for the pioneering way in which we worked with the local community during design and construction.