A joint venture company was formed to refurbish Balfron Tower, a 1960 brutalist Grade II listed building located in Tower Hamlets in the east end of London. The tower, a 27 storey residential building in Poplar, forms part of the Brownfield Estate in an area of social housing between Chrisp Street Market and the A12 northern approach to the Blackwall Tunnel. Built between 1965 and 1967 by the GLC and designed by Erno Goldfinger in 1963 for the London County Council, the existing block has been Grade II Listed since 1996 and houses 146 homes, the majority of which are affordable housing. The proposal is to refurbish the building and create homes for private sale.
With the project team assembled, the joint venture has appointed two prominent architects to work on the scheme. The proposed £23m refurbishment of the building is sympathetic to the building's great architectural heritage, involving detailed consultation with English Heritage and the Conservation officer. Works will include extensive façade refurbishment including a change of fenestration, significant improvement to the external landscaped areas to create an exceptional public realm and private amenity space and substantial improvements to the building’s energy performance and sustainability rating. All refurbishment work will undoubtedly pay great attention to detail to recognise and respect its special interest as an historic building.