Aurelia, Rathbone Market Phase 2

Location Canning Town, London
Client English Cities Fund
Content 165 Residential Units | 1,250m² Retail | 1,200m² Community Use
Status Built

2015 Blueprint Award, Shortlist

We have worked with CZWG on a range of projects over the last twenty years and consistently found them a pleasure to work with. Their desire to design great architecture for their clients is matched by their quality of information and the service they provide. Their pragmatism and understanding of the challenges faced during the build process enables a truly collaborative approach for all involved.

Guy Fowler, Managing Director – North & Major Projects, John Sisk & Son

Rathbone Market is a joint venture between developer English Cities Fund (The Homes and Communities Agency, Legal and General and Muse Developments), the London Borough of Newham as developing partner and Notting Hill Housing Group as affordable housing body.

Aurelia is the pivotal second phase of the development, which heralded the creation 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 burst of Mediterranean sunshine to Canning Town on even the gloomiest of days.