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Buckland Court, Shoreditch by Henley Halebrown Rorrison

The scheme recalls the work of Morris & Co and how its wallpapers have adorned our homes from the 19th century to the present day, says architect Simon Henley

The architect’s view

This local authority estate dates from the late 1960s and is arranged in three linked four- and six-storey deck access blocks. The original layout appeared to create a courtyard but, like much housing stock from this era, was completely open and allowed anyone to roam the decks, which led to security problems. Funding from the New Deal for Communities scheme brought with it an imperative to address resident health, security, education, employment and sustainability issues.

This translated into an architectural brief to create new secure entrances and renew the landscape and, in so doing, engage the residents. The scheme recalls the work of Morris & Co and how its decorative wallpapers have adorned our homes from the 19th century to the present day, evoking the bucolic English landscapes lost to industrialisation and, with it, the growth of the city and suburbs.

  • Simon Henley, director, Henley Halebrown Rorrison

Project data

Start on site January 2010
Completion March 2013
Gross internal floor area n/a
Form of contract Design and Build
Total cost £1.1 million
Cost per m² n/a
Client Shoreditch Trust
Quantity surveyor BPTW Partnership
Landscape architect Landscape Projects
Graphic designer Pat O’Leary, Environmental Graphics
CAD software used VectorWorks
Annual CO2 emissions n/a (landscape scheme)

Specified products

Corten gates (Buckland Street entrance) and screen-printed panel (Mintern Street entrance)


Pre-cast concrete benches and planters

Modified fine face finish

Red sand faced brick to match existing

Tradesman Sandfaced A0384A

Cement-bonded particleboard undercroft ceilings

12mm thick Marley Eternit Natura

Concrete flag paving to Mintern Street frontage and inner courtyard area adjacent to Buckland Street


Hard binding gravel to inner courtyard


Golden gravel, compacted thickness 50mm

Galvanised steel fencing

Orsogril Steropesi

Stone sett paving


Granite, beige grey


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