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A-EM homes in with designs for north London blackspots

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A-EM Studio has submitted two housing schemes for planning approval, both of which will regenerate overlooked London wastelands.

The sites in north London are on derelict land.

The 570m site for Crown Place in Kentish Town is currently occupied by abandoned garages, an old wall and a lane that services the rear of shops.

A-EM aims to create a mews in the area with five three-bedroom houses, all with roof terraces.

The design is simple and attracts ample internal natural light. The use of glass screening will prevent it from overlooking adjacent properties.

The front elevation is a single rendered surface, punctuated by a one-slot window, a recessed timber-clad entrance and a garage door to each unit.

The 308m 2site for Grafton Crescent also slots into a currently derelict site, presently occupied by a light industrial unit. The scheme will include a cedar timber-clad curved wall from which the two blocks emerge and glazing that is used as a dividing device. The houses both have roof terraces.

Glynn Emrys, director of A-EM, said: 'Both sites are typical of the vast number of redundant spaces inter-dispersed throughout London. As planners wake up to the huge potential for reuse, we hope to pioneer a much wider movement for more user-friendly domestic, modernist architecture that fits within the urban fabric.'

Andrew Rogers, director of developer GMS, added: 'A-EM has made efficient use of a limited footprint à both schemes are with planning authorities - unless existing policies and standards are applied flexibly, difficult sites like these will remain empty.We believe there's scope here to alleviate London's chronic shortage of land for housing development.'

Project architect Nick Bone added that the sites were already being challenged: 'They are tricky sites, ' he said. 'We are experiencing problems at planning. Residents use the Crown Place site as a kind of garden, but these sites can be developed to provide much-needed quality housing.'

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