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Two Peabody schemes in East London have been awarded a 2015 RIBA London Award for architectural excellence.

Darbishire Place and Mint Street were amongst the winners at the regional awards, which are given to buildings across the UK recognised as important contributions to architecture.

Both schemes will now go forward to the RIBA national awards and potentially to the mid-list for the Stirling Prize.

Designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, Mint Street provides 67 mixed-tenure homes in Bethnal Green, set within a single brick building which follows the curved form of the adjacent railway viaduct — a 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional mansion block.

Mint-Street
Mint Street: Track-facing apartments offer glazed winter gardens instead of balconies

Darbishire Place, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, is a new block of 13 homes on one of our oldest estates in Whitechapel.

The scheme completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard, the original block having been destroyed during the Second World War.

Whitechapel block
Darbishire Place: Part of an estate built in the 1880s

The façade complements the characteristics of the existing Victorian buildings designed by the first Peabody architect, Henry Astley Darbishire. 

“Sustainability and design excellence are at the heart of Peabody’s development programme, and we are thrilled that both schemes have been recognised with these awards," said Stephen Howlett, our Chief Executive. 

Luke Tozer, Director, Pitman Tozer Architects, said:

"We worked together to create a new distinctive part of Bethnal Green, to help regenerate the area and to demonstrate how careful design can unlock difficult, urban sites to create pleasant, quiet homes."

Niall McLaughlin, Director at Niall McLaughlin Architects said:

"It was a pleasure to continue the tradition set by the original Darbishire Buildings. We were first appointed by Peabody in 2002 through the Fresh Ideas for Low Cost Housing Competition, and are proud to continue its emphasis on good value through design excellence."