Planning Approval for new Gold Seal Development Signals Regeneration for Plaistow

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017


A new housing development is creating 33 much-needed new homes in a corner of East London. The site of the new Gold Seal development is a former car breakers yard, petrol station and garage in Plaistow, Newham. David Miller Architects (DMA) is the design team behind this new housing scheme, which will cover over 3,000 square metres.

The new scheme will consist of one, two and three bedroom apartments, carefully positioned around a central courtyard, maximising the outdoor space.  The apartments will form a series of stepped blocks, allowing in lots of natural light, they will each have their own green roof, and private access to either the courtyard or the existing park at the rear of the development. The new, much needed family homes in the area, are set to transform the street frontage of New Barn Street, replacing the disused industrial yard.


DMA is not only an advocate of regeneration but is committed to supporting new housing schemes in up and coming areas, which is why it’s the perfect practice for the design and development of the new Gold Seal scheme.

Where was once over shadowed by neighbouring Stratford – which has commanded attention since it was home to the Olympic Games in 2012 – we now see the long arm of regeneration extending to Plaistow, which is long overdue. As the London property juggernaut continues to roll, this new scheme presents buyers with the opportunity to enjoy capital growth as the area further develops in the future.

Until now, Plaistow was one of the most untouched areas in the capital, despite being on the north-eastern fringes of the City, with some outstanding schools. The new Gold Seal development shares a boundary with an existing park which the local authority is keen to rejuvenate. The boundary with the park has been carefully considered and what had been an unwelcoming pathway bounded by a high fence will be improved with new surfacing and a softer edge. The fence will be replaced with low railings and planted areas at the entrances to the park side apartments, helping to bring new life into the park.

Project Architect, Katy van Geffen at David Miller Architects said; “This is an exciting project, not only affording us the opportunity to be part of the regeneration push for the area, but to create a set of quality, affordable homes.  The biggest challenge for us so far has been the site itself, formerly a car breakers yard and garage, which required decontamination.  What is really satisfying however is that we are finally transforming this once noisy, industrial site into cohesive, stylish urban housing that will complete the street, resulting in a meaningful improvement to the environment for residents, old and new”.

For more information about this project, click here.