Through a joint venture between Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes, 146 homes in the iconic Balfron Tower have been fully refurbished, along with new communal areas and extensive landscaping to the surrounding area.

Balfron Tower is a 26-storey, Grade II* listed building designed by brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger in 1967. As part of the stock transfer Offer from Tower Hamlets Council, Poplar HARCA promised to renovate the building internally and externally. This project is fully aligned with the transformative works to the award-winning and neighbouring Brownfield estate, which features 100% affordable housing and is where many of Balfron’s former residents now live.

Keeping communities together

95% of Balfron Tower’s former residents have chosen to stay living in Tower Hamlets with 81% choosing to stay as Poplar HARCA residents. Just four households chose to move further afield.

Features of the scheme include:

  • 146 refurbished apartments: Ranging in size from one to four bedrooms.
  • New communal areas: A dining room, workshop, yoga studio and library.
  • Sensitive design: Studio Egret West and AB Rogers Design have created a collection of distinctive interiors that make the most of the generous interior space, new layouts and incredible views across London.
  • Landscaping: Extensive improvements to the surrounding area.

These stunning homes are now available to rent.

Carradale House environmental works

The Carradale House environmental works is a standalone scheme for the renovation of the landscape around Carradale House and 52-74 St Leonard’s Road. This commitment was made by Poplar HARCA to residents of the Brownfield Estate as part of the stock transfer.

Improvements include hard & soft landscaping, green spaces, seating areas, a new children’s play area, a new car park formed from existing garages, and a more open and user-friendly entrance to Carradale House. These environmental works form part of a wider landscape masterplan which was approved by Tower Hamlets planning and Historic England in December 2015.

The majority of works were completed in Summer 2021.

Brownfield estate regenerationBalfron Tower apartments

146 refurbished homes

New communal areas

Extensive improvements to the surrounding area

Project Complete

This project was completed in November 2023