New images have been released of proposals by Groupwork + Amin Taha for a 10-storey block of flats in Finchley Road, north London featuring a load-bearing stone stucture
Plans for the 3,000m² scheme, which was approved by Camden Council in October last year, include 22 flats, commercial space on the ground floor, and a new footpath which connects the development to the nearby Finchley Road and Frognal overground station.
Practice founder Amin Taha said: ’[The building] will be the first 10-storey, loadbearing self-finished stone structure without the need of stainless steel reinforcing threads or secondary structure, since the last stone cathedrals were erected.
Work is expected to start on site this September, with a completion date scheduled for August 2019.
Location 317 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6EP
Type of project Mixed use residential
Client 317 Finchley Road, C/O Harvard Knight Ltd
Architect Groupwork + Amin Taha
Landscape architect Groupwork + Amin Taha
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer Webb Yates Engineers
M&E consultant Webb Yates Engineers
Quantity surveyor Harvard Knight
Planning supervisor DP9
Lighting consultant Groupwork
Main contractor Tender still in Progress
Tender date Tender still in Progress
Start on site date Programmed for September 2017
Completion date Programmed for August 2019
Contract duration 24 Months
Gross internal floor area 3,000m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design & Build Contract JCT
Total cost open book tender at approximately £6.5m
Ata 317 finchley road typical plan (002)
Source: Amin Taha
During the 18th century Finchley Road became one of the country’s first toll roads and over the next 150 years became built up with loadbearing red brick and stone mansion blocks, churches, banks, post offices, shopfront parades, the railway and goods yards. 317 Finchley Road sits adjacent to Finchley Road and Frognal overground station and on a former diary distribution yard, and more recently a two storey pub. Since then the immediate area has gained and intensified in use and concentration with further rail and underground stations, housing, shopping centres, the Camden Arts Centre, the Jewish Cultural Centre and a number of larger scaled post-war buildings. Over that time Finchley Road and Frognal station gradually losing its significance as a transport node and this area of Finchley Road declining to with strip clubs replacing grocery stores. More recently TFL have doubled the capacity of the station connecting it to further eastern and southern London over ground lines and enlarged the bus services for it to become a train bus interchange.
As part of the future improvement of the area the adjacent site was identified for nodal structure able to signal the interchange location from a long distance when arriving on Finchley Road while not being visible from the adjoining residential streets lying within the conservation areas.
The height is therefore limited to ten floors with retail at ground and lower ground and 22 private and affordable flats distributed above within three slender towers of varying heights. A colonnade at ground level is set back from the pavement line to expand the public realm around the station and bus stop interchange with its loadbearing structure of single piece columns and lintels rising up to support the exposed soffit timber and concrete composite floor plates above.
The proposal at Finchley Road will be the first 10-storey, loadbearing self-finished stone structure without the need of stainless steel reinforcing threads or secondary structure, since the last stone cathedrals were erected. In addition to its architectonic aesthetic, this construction approach, which also uses exposed CLT floor slabs spanning between the exoskeleton, saves around 18 per cent from cost and more again from the embodied carbon over conventional construction methods.
Site plan 1