Through a joint venture between Poplar HARCA, Telford Homes and Londonewcastle, 146 homes in the iconic Balfron Tower are being 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. Sales of the refurbished homes are helping to fund 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.

Works are currently taking place on site, and are expected to be completed by Summer 2022

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. Works to the car park and path will be completed alongside the completion of Balfron Tower.

Brownfield estate regenerationBalfron Tower apartments

146 refurbished homes

New communal areas

Extensive improvements to the surrounding area

Project Timeline

Design & Consultation

We are having conversations with local residents, businesses and the wider community to get their feedback, and initial designs ideas are being developed.

In Planning

A planning application has been submitted to the local authority to decide whether the scheme can go ahead.

Planning Approved

The planning application for this scheme has been approved by the local authority.


Contractors and design teams are being selected.

On Site

Works are in progress.


Works are complete.