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Brady Mallalieu wins planning for £6.8m mixed-use scheme

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Brady Mallalieu has been given the go-ahead for this housing project near King’s Cross, London

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The 2,305m2 scheme by RIBA past-president Angela Brady’s practice includes 25 homes, a community centre and a café or retail unit.

Of the 25 homes 59 per cent will be socially rented while 41 per cent will be for private sale.

The £6.8 million development sits on the edge of the Margery Street Estate on Farringdon Road and completes one of its open corners.

Brady Mallalieu

Brady Mallalieu

Architect’s view

The form of the building completes an open corner of the estate and is a contemporary response to the existing brickwork buildings. Along Lloyd Baker Street and Margery Street the rhythms, alternating eaves line height and window proportions of the existing facades have been used to help compose a new red brick facade with window and balcony openings in a white brick. The meeting of the two terraces is expressed in the Farringdon Road facade where the building is six storeys high taking advantage of views along Calthorpe Street and the city beyond.

Entrances and shared parts of the building are identified using white brick mirroring the way the existing estate marks entrances with white pilasters and mouldings. The rear of the building again uses this material to match the white render of the existing buildings and maximise reflected light. The rear façade provides a visual termination to the existing garden space taking advantage of a long leafy view back across the estate.

Brady Mallalieu

Brady Mallalieu

Project data

Location 3 Margery Street, London
Type of project residential with community centre and commercial unit
Client Islington Council
Architect Brady Mallalieu Architects
Planning consultant HTA
Structural engineer Ellis and Moore
M&E consultant Calford Seaden
Quantity surveyor Baily Garner
Funding Local authority
Tender date Q1 2016
Start on site date Q2 2016
Completion date Q1 2018
Contract duration 18 months
Gross internal floor area 2,305m2
Total cost £6.8 million

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