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Mae completes its largest housing scheme to date

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Mae Architects has completed its largest housing scheme to date - this 43 home development in Waltham Forest, East London

The practice won the Hammond Court project, which replaces a series of 1970s buildings on a sink housing estate, following a framework competition in 2010.

The firm took the scheme through to Stage D for housing association, the East Thames Group.

A perimeter block of houses, maisonettes and apartments step up from three to five storeys and enclose a quiet, south-facing landscaped communal garden.

Alex Ely, founding partner of mæ Architects said: ‘The innovative legacy of the Warner Estate development of the late 19th and early 20th century provided our cue for design. The scheme adds architectural richness to this area of London.’

Mae Hammond Court

The architect’s view

‘Inspired by the ‘Half House’ type developed by Warner, we created our own housing typologies that allow high densities while offering front doors to the street. All dwellings have private amenity space in the form of balconies, winter gardens or private gardens.

‘The development has a strong sense of place and a distinct typography that includes clean lines, sharp gables and pitched roofs. It draws on qualities of the local vernacular: good proportions, large picture windows and attention to detail. Bold red brick throughout the scheme references the architecture.’
of the Warner Estate, while buff brick has been used on Mission Grove to visually link the development to the Grade II listed Clock House built by Courtenay Warner in the late 19th century.
The units have been designed to the generous space standards of the East Thames Design Guide and have achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. In addition, 10 per cent of units are designed to accommodate wheelchair access.

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