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Mae and Hawkins\Brown submit plans for Agar Grove Estate regeneration

Mae and Hawkins\Brown have submitted their proposed £97 million overhaul of the 1960s Agar Estate in Camden for planning

The 500-home scheme will see 112 of the existing low-rise houses demolished, 360 new homes built, and the central, 18-storey Lulworth House tower block stripped back to its frame and retrofitted to provide new apartments.

The 25,600m² estate regeneration will include family terrace housing, maisonettes with gardens, and flats with gardens.

Part of Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme, the homes are being built to Passivhaus standards and will be built using a fabric first approach to energy performance.

Mae and Hawkins\Brown originally saw off bids from BPTW, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Pollard Thomas Edwards and PRP with BDP to land the ‘significant’ housing regeneration scheme.

Urban Splash has also been appointed as a development advisor to work on proposals for the tower refurbishment, drawing on their experience working on the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Park Hill development.

Seth Rutt, partner at Hawkins Brown said: Camden is driving forward their sustainability agenda with their commitment to large-scale environmentally sustainable projects - including Agar Grove.  It’s not just about wider environmental concerns - it’s also about keeping an existing community together and addressing their concerns about fuel poverty in the face of rising energy costs.’

Alex Ely, partner at Mae added: ‘Our scheme re-evaluates the tabula-rasa mindset of the 60s to create a place that stitches in with the wider urban grain and morphology. This is a scheme that reflects ideas about continuity and progress.’

Mae Hawkins\Brown Agar Grove updated

Project data

Architect Hawkins\Brown and Mae
Location Camden, London
Type of project residential estate regeneration
Client London Borough of Camden
Funding London Borough of Camden
Start on site date October 2014
Form of contract and/or procurement design and build
Site area 25,600m²
Total cost £97 million
Structural engineer Peter Brett Associates
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Landscape architect Grant Associates
Passivhaus consultant Warm
Quantity surveyor EC Harris
Planning supervisor CMA Planning

Mae Hawkins\Brown Agar Grove updated

Previous story (AJ 13.08.13)

Mae and Hawkins\Brown bag £55m Camden estate overhaul

A team led by Hawkins\Brown and Mae has won the £55 million project to overhaul the 1960s Agar Grove Estate in Camden, north London

It is understood the practices saw off bids from BPTW, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Pollard Thomas Edwards and PRP with BDP to land the ‘significant’ housing regeneration scheme.

Part of Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme, the project will see 112 homes low-rise homes demolished, 360 new homes built and the central, 18-storey Lulworth House tower block stripped back to its frame and refurbished. The residents from the tower will be rehoused on the estate and the apartments in the revamped high-rise will be put up for private sale.    

Landscape specialists Grant Associates, services engineer Max Fordham and structural engineer Peter Brett Associates will also work on the 25,600m² project.

Seth Rutt, partner, Hawkins\Brown commented: ‘Camden is showing real commitment to sustainability – both environmentally and socially. The client is keen to build on ‘fabric first’ principles to exceed legislation and tackle fuel poverty. Camden are also committed to keeping the existing community on site, which we will be doing with a phased, single decant – residents will be able to watch their new homes being built – and then move in.’

Alex Ely, partner, Mae added: ‘Camden have a commitment to delivering high quality design and we are delighted to be part of the team for this significant regeneration project.’

Project data

Address Agar Grove Estate, London, NW1
Site area 25,600m²
Value £55 million
Client London Borough of Camden
Architects Hawkins\Brown and Mae Architects
Landscape architects Grant Associates
Structural engineer Peter Brett Associates
Services engineer Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor EC Harris
Project management EC Harris
Cost consultant EC Harris
Sustainability consultant Max Fordham

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