24_PETER BARBER | Donnybrook Quarter

United Kingdom


Project title: Donnybrook Quarter

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The project has been submitted by:

Peter Barber Architects



City: London 

Address: Donnybrook Quarter, Eden Way, Bow, London, E3  


Designer or design team architects:

Peter Barber Architects


Plot Area: approx. 2400 square metres (presume plot area is total Net Internal Area)

Gross Area: approx. 2600 square metres

Of which residential: 94%
Public/communal areas: 1%
Facilities for the public: -%
Business/trade: 5%
Offices: -%

Number of residential units: 40 Units (far 130 people) Density of 400 habitable rooms/hectare
Typology of users: families, old aged-people, students, foreigners/immigrants
Total building costs Euros: 4580000 M€
Building Cost = Total Bulding Cost / Gross Area: 1760 €/mq
Floor area ratio = Gross Area / Plot Area: 1,08 mq
Work started on date: 07/2004
Work completion date: 01/2006


Promoter: Circle Anglia Housing Trust
Owner: Circle Anglia Housing Trust
Allotment rule:

Reduction cost percentage compared to the market value:
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– rent: – %

Description of the project: 

“In a decade Donnybrook will be considered as a significant turning point in the culture of British housing. Donnybrook Quarter is one of the most innovative housing projects to be undertaken in Britain for years.” Ellis Woodman, Building Design Magazine, February 2006.


“Barber has just completed the most innovative piece of large-scale housing built in the UK for decades.” Tom Dykhoff, The Times, January 2006.


Donnybrook Quarter was commissioned in 2002 after Peter Barber Architects were selected as winner of the high profile ‘Innovations in Housing competition’ from 150 entries worldwide. The project was completed in 2006 to international critical acclaim. It has since received numerous awards and been published in a multitude of books and publications. It has been heralded as a model for the future of British Housing.


Donnybrook is a low rise, high density street based city quarter in East London. The scheme is laid out around two new tree lined streets which cross the site creating strong spatial connections with adjacent neighbourhoods. The streets intersect at the heart of the scheme with a delightful tree lined square. The project achieves a density of approximately 400 hr/h while remaining only two and three storeys high. Every dwelling has its own front door and good sized garden or terrace. On the busier, southern edge of the scheme the buildings rise to three storeys with a terrace of shops occupying the ground floor.


Throughout the project public space is heavily overlooked by the residents on either side. Balconies and oriel windows overhang the street, terraces and the numerous front doors create a sense of ownership and the opportunity for personalisation (pots, deck chairs, hanging baskets)


– Mixed tenure, mixed use residential regeneration project

– High density street based design

– New public routes across the site integrate two previously segregated communities

– Innovative ‘notched terrace’ house typology

– All dwellings have their own front door and good sized garden or terrace

– No communal corridors or stairwells reducing build costs and service charges

– Economical build costs

– Ecohomes Very Good achieved

– Significant premium on sale values achieved

– All of the For Sale dwellings sold off plan

– Very well received by local community, new social tenants and private home occupiers.

– ‘Innovations in Housing Competition’ Winner 2001

– Housing Design Award. Project Winner 2003

– Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Highly  Commended 2004

– AIA Award Winner 2006

– RIBA Award Winner 2006

– RIBA STIRLING PRIZE BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARD. 2006  (shortlisted to final 8)