People walking along a row a flats, other people sitting down and reading

Our Bethnal Green development has been recognised as an exemplary new place to live, after enjoying success at the prestigious New London Architecture and Housing Design Awards.

Designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, the scheme provides 27 homes for affordable rent, 17 for shared ownership and 23 for open market sale, 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.

Track-facing apartments offer glazed winter gardens rather than balconies

The development creates a new London street (Mint Street), a paved pedestrian route between the overground and underground stations at Bethnal Green. Spacious and light-filled apartments are oriented south-east with living rooms overlooking the railway.

Residents can enjoy a private landscaped courtyard with a play space at the rear of the building, whilst winter gardens create a "buffer zone" to mitigate the noise of the passing trains.

21st century Peabody

Mint Street was chosen from a shortlist of 140 projects across 15 categories to be named project winner under the "housing" category at the New London Architecture Awards, which recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.

The scheme was praised by judges for its "wider impact, transforming the way the whole area works, while cleverly responding to what could have been an extremely challenging site".

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Michael Lowndes, Executive Director at Turley Associates, presents the NLA award to Matthew Bird (centre), Peabody Development Manager, and Luke Tozer (right), from Pitman Tozer Architects

The development was also triumphant at the Housing Design Awards, beating national competition to be named project winner under the "completed" category.

“Sustainability and design excellence are at the heart of Peabody’s development programme, and we are delighted that Mint Street has been recognised with these awards," says Matthew Bird, Peabody Development Manager. "As well as providing great quality new homes and amenity spaces for residents, the development has also created an attractive new public street, improving accessibility and the environment for the wider community in Bethnal Green."

Luke Tozer, Director, Pitman Tozer Architects, comments:

“We are thrilled to have won a New London Award and Housing Design Award for our Mint Street project. The award wins are a testament to working with a visionary client, Peabody, an excellent consultant team and the contractors Galliford Try who delivered a high quality building."

More homes for London

Completed in March 2014, Mint Street is our latest new development, part of our 5,000-home development pipeline, and keeps us on track to deliver 1,000 new homes a year from March 2015. The majority of these will be for affordable and social rent, and the rest will be sold on the open market to fund more social and affordable housing and community investment.

Many of the new homes are situated in up-and-coming areas of London, giving residents the opportunity to benefit from long-term capital growth and own an attractively designed property with high-quality internal and external specifications.

About Peabody

Peabody has been creating opportunities for people in London since 1862, when it was established by the American banker and philanthropist, George Peabody. Our mission is to ensure that as many people as possible have a good home, a real sense of purpose and a strong feeling of belonging.

We work solely in London, with a presence in the majority of London boroughs. We own and manage around 27,000 homes, providing affordable housing for over 80,000 people.

As well as bricks and mortar, we provide a wide range of community programmes for our residents and neighbourhoods, including help with employment and training, health and wellbeing projects, family support programmes, welfare benefits advice and activities for younger and older people.

We are committed to sustained investment in affordable housing, and recently issued a £350m bond to develop new homes, regenerate existing estates and provide more services. From next year, we will deliver over 1,000 new homes a year. At least 600 of these will be for affordable and social rent, and the rest will be sold on the open market to fund more social and affordable housing and community investment.