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Dominic McKenzie proposes housing in Wembley for vulnerable mothers

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Dominic McKenzie Architects is set to submit plans for a 300m² Maggie’s Centre-inspired building to house single mothers and their children

The practice proposes demolishing a house at 3 Rugby Avenue in Wembley, north London, and replacing it with five flats along with communal and support space.

Each flat would measure 38m² and benefit from a communal dining room adjacent to the large rear garden. There would also be office space for support workers.

The design and access statement prepared for the planning application cites a high level of ‘hidden homelessness’ among single mothers staying with friends and family.

It adds that the communal space is intended to work for the residents as it does in Maggie’s Centres for cancer patients.

‘At the centre of each Maggie’s Centre is a domestic space – a kitchen table or living room where visitors can share experiences or gain support in a comfortable setting,’ says the statement.

‘There are many Maggie’s Centres around the country but each one is a unique and architecturally significant building. The architectural quality of the buildings enhances the lives of the people who use it by providing a positive setting for dealing with difficult issues.’

The planning documents add that the Dominic McKenzie scheme has been designed ‘to appear like a large and friendly house’.

‘The design takes its cues from the local residential architecture of the Sudbury area, much of which was laid out in the 1920s and 30s, as well as earlier philanthropic buildings such as Mary Ward House in central London, which was designed in the Arts and Crafts style,’ adds the statement.

3. rugby avenue proposed ground floor dominic mckenzie architects

3. rugby avenue proposed ground floor dominic mckenzie architects

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