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Final phases of controversial Barnet estate regeneration win planning

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Hutchinson & Partners and Makower Architects’ designs for the final phases of a controversial estate regeneration in Barnet have been granted planning permission

The north London authority has approved detailed plans for phases 5 and 6 of the scheme – developed by a partnership of Barratt Homes and the Metropolitan Housing Trust – which will see 732 homes built on a 6.7 ha site next to the reservoir in West Hendon.

This round of plans is the last of the major Hendon Waterside development, masterplanned by Allies and Morrison in 2013, which will provide a total of 2,000 homes and a two-form entry school on the former West Hendon estate. 

The regeneration scheme has been widely criticised for the loss of social housing on the project. The original 679 homes on the estate – a mix of flats, maisonettes and council houses – have been replaced by 219 homes classified as ‘affordable rent’. 

In the last phases, Hutchinson and Makower have drawn up plans for six residential blocks made up of multiple buildings, featuring a series of town houses and two waterfront towers, one designed by each practice. 

The new buildings will sit alongside structures by Allies and Morrison, Makower Architects and Mikhail Riches, with landscape designed by Gillespies.

Hutchinson & Partners’ element of the plans includes 273 homes in three pavilion buildings arranged around a central courtyard and a single 28-storey tower overlooking the reservoir.

The approval is the first for the practice, which inherited the project from Unit Architects when it was shut down at the end of last year by its founder, Ross Hutchinson, after he split from his business partner. He set up the new practice this year.

Ross Hutchinson, principal director at Hutchinson & Partners, said the project was ‘highly significant’ for the practice. ’Not only is it the team’s first consent as Hutchinson & Partners, it also sees us working on our first estate regeneration project. We would like to explore this field further, not only through regeneration but also through infill and re-use schemes.

’Working within the Allies and Morrison masterplan was a joy, as was working alongside the highly talented team at Makower Architects.

’We’re honoured to be part of such a well-considered composition of places and built forms that will hopefully enrich the lives of the residents and the surrounding community for generations to come.’

Hendon waterside masterplan

Hendon waterside masterplan

Project data

Client Barratt London & Metropolitan
Architect Hutchinson & Partners
Masterplan Architect Allies and Morrison
Landscape Design Gillespies
Planning Quod
Structural Engineer RLT Consulting
MEP Whitecode
Transport Consultant CH2M
PR & Media Hard Hat
RoL & Daylight / Sunlight Point2 Surveyors

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