Bringing Nature Home – South Quay Plaza – An insight into our latest sustainable, landscape led design

11 Oct 2021

We spoke to James Lord at the recently completed South Quay Plaza to discuss how his team have tackled the challenges of designing biophilic public realm in an extremely urban setting. Hear James tell us about microclimates, sustainable design & natural play.

South Quay Plaza is a significant project that plays a key role in revitalising the dockside and creating much needed open space. The scheme consists of 3  residential towers at 68, 54 and 36 storeys designed by Fosters + Partners, the refurbishment of an existing office block, and 1.78 ha of public realm. The scheme also includes a temporary park under the DLR and several roof terraces.

The public realm around the buildings is carefully designed to manage the perception of scale at ground level and provide a variety of spaces for active and passive use. Large tree planting and extensive soft landscape provide a park atmosphere for residents and workers, a green oasis in the wider Isle of Dogs.

Watch the video here