Aurelia, Rathbone Market
Canning Town, London
Client: English Cities Fund a joint venture between Housing & Communities Agency, Legal and General and Muse Developments
Value: £25 million
Date: Completed June 2015
Aurelia is the pivotal second phase of the Rathbone Market development, a flagship development at the heart of Newham Council’s Canning Town and Custom House £3.7bn regeneration programme. ‘Aurelia’ comprises two connected public spaces at the heart of the development: a redefined market square and a new space welcoming the exit from an existing subway which runs beneath the A13 to the south of the site. Angular geometric masses clearly define this new public realm with three buildings providing 165 new homes to Code 4 with communal roof gardens, while facilities for the market traders, retail units and community spaces for Newham Council bring activity to the ground floor to supplement the market activities. The glazed terracotta rainscreen cladding in shades of deep orange and ochre complements the striking silver grey and red aluminium cladding of the neighbouring ‘Vermilion’ tower, bringing a hint of Mediterranean sunshine to Canning Town on even the gloomiest of days.
Aurelia was a Finalist in the 2015 Blueprint Awards ‘Best Non-Public Use Project (Residential)’ Category.