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Major Allies and Morrison-led Camden scheme gets green light

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A mixed-use scheme masterplanned by Allies and Morrison in north London, with buildings by Piercy & Company and Níall McLaughlin Architects, has been approved 

The transformative scheme in Chalk Farm Road, known as Camden Goods Yard, will involve the redevelopment of a 3.3ha site to provide 573 new homes – 40 per cent of which will be affordable – 27,215m² of shopping space and 1,000m² of offices for start-up companies. 

The existing Morrisons supermarket and petrol filling station on the site will be demolished and replaced as part of the proposals.

In total, the plans will see the construction of eight new buildings of a maximum 14 storeys in height. The scheme also includes five new public spaces, with children’s play areas, public toilets, a winter garden, and a community centre. In line with London mayor Sadiq Khan’s draft London Plan, the development will be car free. 

Hendrik Heyns, a partner at Allies and Morrison, said: ‘The goal has been to transform an isolated site into a place with a Camden character, an enduring, polychrome piece of London.

’We have drawn inspiration from the London typology of the yard to design somewhere for different people meet, which is a bit raw, a workhorse of activity, functional yet characterful.’

Stuart Piercy of Piercy & Company Architects said has practice’s designs were ‘inspired by the powerful silhouettes and texture of Victorian industrial forms’, and Níall McLaughlin commented that it would be ’fascinating to see the site transform and connect into the adjoining neighbourhoods’. 

The project is backed by Barratt London and Morrisons Supermarkets.

Architect’s view: Allies and Morrison

The architectural proposals for Camden Goods Yard draw on its context. The site is surrounded by several different types of London fabric, from the Conservation Areas of Primrose Hill, Regent’s Canal, Camden Town and Harmood Street to the buzz of Chalk Farm Road, the warehouse character around the Camden Market and Gilbey’s Yard. The design proposals embrace this mixture, with the aim of shaping the look, feel and nature of the Goods Yard’s spaces and places with hints of conversion and reuse despite them being new buildings.

Eight new blocks build on the yard and warehouse character of London to greatly intensify an underutilised and isolated piece of north London, which will be stitched into the surrounding area by a sequence of new routes and open spaces. Architecturally, many strands are woven together, from reassuringly familiar brick warehouse configurations to intimate residential streets; from a timber-clad beacon drawing in people from Chalk Farm Road to the modernism of terrazzo concrete and dark brick bands of One Goods Yard, the tallest building. As an ensemble, all the buildings are meant to facilitate a mixture and exude the urban qualities of some of London’s cherished yards, markets and streets.

Project data

Location Chalk Farm, Camden, London NW1
Client Barratt London and Morrisons Supermarkets
Masterplanner Allies and Morrison
Architects Allies and Morrison, Piercy & Company Architects, Níall McLaughlin Architects
Landscape architect Gillespies
Access and inclusivity David Bonnett Associates
Heritage and townscape Tavernor Consultancy
Site area 3.3ha
Gross external area 99,026m²

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