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Douglas and King wins planning for homes on 'hidden' Muswell Hill site

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Douglas and King Architects has secured planning for three houses arranged around semi-submerged courtyards on a sloping backland site in Muswell Hill, north London

The 1,790m² site is hidden within a network of residential streets, one of which forms the boundary of a local conservation area.

Following a pre-planning design review with Haringey Council, Shoreditch-based Douglas and King led a neighbourhood consultation ahead of full planning permission being granted through delegated powers.

The site will have two three-bed houses, and one four-bed house, ranging from 156m² to 180m².

Lightwells to the east and west of the buildings will provide light to the basements, and landscaping using Cor-ten steel cladding and stone external wall, will provide privacy for the living areas.


Project leader Marcin Salamon at Douglas and King Architects said: ‘The sloping terrain presented the opportunity to create contemporary homes arranged around semi-submerged courtyards, spaces that have been carefully articulated to create privacy, and to also allow natural daylight to penetrate to the heart of the buildings’.

Work will start on the site immediately.

Project data

Architect Douglas and King
Structural engineer Conisbee
M&E Darren Evans
Funding Private
Form of procurement Management Contract
Start on site October 2015
Completion Autumn 2016


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