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Newington Court student flats, north London by Stock Woolstencroft

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Stock Woolstencroft has completed this 87-flat student accommodation scheme in Islington, north London, opposite Clissold Park

The £6.7 million Newington Court, development for the UNITE Group, comprises two blocks, which contain prefabricated modular apartments arranged around a central core. One brick-clad block, described as a ‘heavy, solid structure’, has been designed to respond to neighbouring Victorian villas.

Another ‘lighter’ block on the 0.15ha site is elevated and features a lattice-like steel mesh facade that, according to the practice, reflects the ‘weave of the surrounding treescape’.

Project data

Architects: Stock Woolstencroft
Location: Green Lanes, Islington, North London
Type Of Project: student apartments
Client: The Unite Group
Contractor: Mansell Construction Services
M&E: Capita Symonds
Total cost: £6.7 million
Structural Engineer: Walsh Associates

Readers' comments (7)

  • The brick bit is nice but the yellow bit is an epic FAIL

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  • I live near it the brick part is ok but the yellow and mesh elevations are a disaster. Incoherant from the outside and imposing on the inside.

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  • I also live near this...

    The brick bit is passably anonymous (mostly due to the density of already ropey 70s council blocks nearby).

    The "light" bit (AKA ghastly yellow thing) is shockingly bad. A vile cheap yellow render, with very poorly finished, clearly VE'd to the max metal "features" on the outside.

    A couple of people asked me when I think they're going to finish it off, as thats the only reason they could think of for such a poor quality appearance.

    What were the planners thinking letting this one through????

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  • They were probably thinking "wow, lovely elevations, that'll be a nice change" while the architect was thinking "wow, lovely drawings, this'll go down well" while the contractor was thinking "er, not at this price". Sometimes you've got to wonder whether we spend too long thinking about the drawings and not about the actual materials that are eventually used once the bean counters have been involved. Having said that I haven't seen it in the flesh and think that from the renders it looks like a fun idea although as mentioned perhaps a bit odd when you're inside it.

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  • I pass this building every day. It makes me feel sad as the facade treatment appears so incongruous to the location, in particular the lime green and mesh combination. I do also wonder how well this will weather in time. Sadly this already makes the building look rather cheap and poor quality.
    I have finally lost faith in the Islington planning dept.

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  • Sorry to sound boring, but how do you go about cleaning the glass?

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  • This is the architectural equivalent of David Brent's dance in The Office. Desperately trying to achieve aclaim by attempting to be current and cutting edge but ending up being tasteless and incongruous.

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