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Karakusevic Carson completes first phase of Camden housing

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Karakusevic Carson has revealed its £18 million Camden estate regeneration scheme


The 7,360m2 project is the first phase of the borough’s regeneration of its Bacton Estate.

The practice has designed 44 homes for social rent on a narrow, triangular estate to the north east of the existing 1960s estate.

The scheme features a mix of four-storey townhouses and stacked maisonettes arranged around a central courtyard. A further five-storey apartment block provides 22 individual apartments.

A further phase due for completion towards the end of the year includes a larger apartment block for market sale and two affordable townhouses.

The housing is constructed from cross-laminated timber and clad in a varied palette of five different types of brickwork.

Paul Karakusevic, partner at Karakusevic Carson Architects, said: ‘Delivering the first phase of the Bacton Estate re-housing programme over the past 3 years has helped transform many residents’ lives. The first phase of the 44 social rent properties arranged around a courtyard garden and playground retain the spirit of a tight knit community. 

‘This project is a unique council and resident led process putting design quality and specification at the fore and helps enable the wider re-building programme. We have worked closely with both the residents and the council to build a scheme of which both can be proud.’ 

Site plan

Bacton Estate Phase One by Karakusevic Carson

Bacton Estate Phase One by Karakusevic Carson

Townhouse typology plan

Bacton Estate Phase One by Karakusevic Carson

Bacton Estate Phase One by Karakusevic Carson

Project data

Location Gospel Oak, Camden
Type of project Residential
Client London Borough of Camden
Architect Karakusevic Carson Architects
Landscape architect Camlins
Planning consultant Quod
Structural engineer Rolton Group
M&E consultant Rolton Group
Quantity surveyor Arcadis
Planning supervisor Arcadis
Main contractor Rydon
Funding cross subsidy from private sale units/c1.5m GLA grant funding
Appointment competition
Tender date two stage tender commencing February 2013
Start on site date March 2014 (phase one only)
Completion date estimated Autumn 2016 (phase one only)
Contract duration ongoing
Gross internal floor area 7,360m2 (phase one only)
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Construction value circa £18,000,000 (phase one only)

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