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Works nears completion on Rolfe Judd's HCA-backed housing scheme

[First look + project information] Rolfe Judd has unwrapped this £75 million residential-led scheme in Hackney, backed in part by the Homes and Community Agency (HCA)

The Woodberry Down Estate development for Berkeley Homes in east London is one of a pioneering wave of Kickstart Housing schemes - a multimillion pound initiative by the HCA to rescue mothballed housing projects (HCA pumps £635 million into stalled housing AJ 14.05.2009).

The 34,000m² Old School Site (pictured) was the first of the Woodberry Down sites to win planning permission and features 498 homes, a new community centre, shops and a linear park.

The architect’s view

The scheme is based on the Parker Morris +10 per cent area standards and meets the Lifetime Homes requirements and will achieve Level 3 Code for Sustainable Homes. This is long term regeneration project involving the re-housing of existing tenants and building new private and affordable housing. The brief for the affordable housing was developed through extensive consultation and workshops with Hackney Homes, the Estates Development Committee and the local community. 

The seven buildings are arranged to create three open courtyards centered on the reservoir resulting in almost universal views south. The forms are both contemporary and develop from the intentions of the original masterplan and in response to the site. The western blocks include a bespoke community facility to the ground floor and orientate south and west to the new park. The eastern blocks step back in a wedge fashion offering individual terrace views south. All the buildings step down to the south offering further terraces to the roofs and respecting the reservoir edge.  The materials used such as brick, glass, g.r.c.and terracotta reflect the forms arrived at and contribute to the sense of scale and function. The result is to both achieve unity in the design and allow some individual emphasis.

The 34,000m² Old School Site at the Woodberry Down Estate by Rolfe Judd

The 34,000m² Old School Site at the Woodberry Down Estate by Rolfe Judd

Project Data

Architects: Rolfe Judd. Wilkinson Eyre part of the planning phase for 2 of the buildings
Location: Woodberry Down Estate, the Borough of Hackney, London
Type Of Project: Mixed-use Residential
Structural Engineers: MLM 
Project Architect: Paul Wilson, Reuben O’Halloran, Kristy Culverson
Design Team: Rolfe Judd, MLM
Client: Berkeley Homes (Capital) PLC
Funding: HCA-supported affordable plus private funding
Tender date: Variable tenders prior to site start
Start on site date: April 2009
Contract duration: three years
Gross internal floor area: 34,000m² (32,000m² residential)
Form of contract and/or procurement: Berkeley Contract Management
Total cost: £75million
M&E consultant: MLM
Quantity surveyor: Berkeley Homes
Planning supervisor: Rolfe Judd
Lighting consultant: Woodberry Down KSS1 Project Info
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Coinfords, Lindner Facades, Halsion, Steve Murphy Bricklayers
Annual co2 emissions: 15.09 kg/m²/ye

subcontractors and suppliers: Coinfords, Lindner Facades, Halsion, Steve Murphy Bricklayers.

Annual co2 emissions: 15.09 kg/m²/year.

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