St William is a joint venture between the Berkeley Group and National Grid, we specialise in redeveloping redundant gasworks sites and will unlock some of the most technically complex regeneration sites at the heart of communities across London and the South East.

St William has submitted a hybrid planning application to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for a residential-led mixed-use development on Leven Road Gasworks, Poplar. The proposals comprise up to 2,800 private and affordable homes, commercial space, a new riverside park, access to the River Lea and a new secondary school. The development will be constructed in four residential phases (Phase 1 – 4), plus a park phase and school phase. The detailed element of the planning application relates to Phase 1 (referred to as the Yards) and the outline element relates to residential Phases 2, 3 and 4 plus the park and school phases.

Leven Road Gasworks will deliver up to 2,800 new private and affordable homes, publicly accessible open space, and up to 2,500 sqm (29,910 sqft) commercial and up to 2,700 sqm (29,060 sqft) employment space over 4 phases of construction and a school phase.

In summary the proposals will deliver:

  1. A one hectare riverside park
  2. 490m publicly accessible river frontage
  3. A new public space called The Square
  4. circa 7,430 sqm (80,000sqft) of commercial space
  5. A Sixth Form entry secondary school
  6. Land to accommodate future pedestrian bridges across the River Lea
  7. Public realm feature comprising the partially retained structure of former Gasholder no.1
  8. Play areas for children

The land required by the Council for the new secondary school will be located on Leven Road and has the potential to provide after hours facilities for the local community.


We believe that engaging and consulting with the local community is vital to making successful places that deliver genuine benefits for local people.

We have been meeting residents and community groups for the past nine months hosting 20 one-to-one meetings, a workshop on the new open space, three drop-in events and a LBTH Development Forum, and had a stall at the Aberfeldy Big Local Fun Day.

In total, these events have engaged 177 people who have raised the following topics:

– Facilities for young people, children and older generations

– Referencing the industrial heritage of the site

– Community amenities such as a pub, gym, shops and places to eat

– Public access to the open space

– Public transport

– The amount and type of affordable housing

– Overlooking to Oban Street

– Local pedestrian and vehicular movement networks

– The height of new buildings

– Supporting social infrastructure

The planning application has now been submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and can be viewed here.

If you would like to meet or discuss your thoughts with us directly, please do get in touch via the contact details below.


Phase 1, known as The Yards, will deliver 580 new homes and the majority of the commercial space and public amenities. Alongside delivering Phase 1 will be the Park Phase providing local residents with access to a new open space and the River Lea.

Phase 1 will help to provide job opportunities for business owners and those seeking employment with the commercial space delivering places to eat and drink, a foodstore, space for a publicly accessible gym and community space. A new public square will be created which lies in the heart of this part of the new development.

The character of The Yards references east London’s industrial heritage and architecture with the use of materials, design of the balconies and the profiles of the roofs and gables.

This is the first phase of the development, anticipated to be built between 2019 and 2024.


The development will deliver a new hectare riverside park. The new park will have:

– A new open space next to the River Lea for everyone to enjoy

– Dedicated children play areas

– A range of spaces for people to use for play and to relax

– Extensive tree planting and landscaped areas

– Direct access to the River Lea

– South west facing, benefitting from sunlight

– A elevated viewing platform


The development will provide public access to the River Lea. The design will focus on the movement of people and wildlife. Ecological enhancements will compliment other initiatives in the wider Lea Valley Park. The riverside walk will provide:

– A series of landscape berms provide a playful and attractive element to the space

– The use of light coloured paving and swathes of grass planting to create a bright and attractive public realm

– Learning opportunities


The Green Link will provide a generous landscaped connection from Leven Road to the new Riverside Park.

Retained sections of the gasholder will create a direct link to the areas industrial heritage, complimented by the materials, form and architectural details of the new buildings.


If you would like to discuss any matter relating to Leven Road Gasworks, please see details below:


Phone: 0203 725 8980

Post: St William Homes LLP, 15b St George Wharf, London SW8 2LE

Next Stage: St William has submitted the Leven Road Gasworks application to London Borough of Tower Hamlets. You can access the planning portal to see the application here.