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Pardey wins planning for Isokon 'neighbour'

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John Pardey Architects (JPA) has won permission for this 73 flat-scheme on the same street as Wells Coates grade I-listed Isokon building in Hampstead, London

The 5,030m² scheme in Lawn Road for developer Fairview Homes will replace a car park building and a former launderette, ‘most recently used as a community centre’.

The 0.25ha plot diagonally opposite the 1934 landmark was sold to Fairview in 2012 by Camden Council as part of its Community Investment Programme.

According to JPA founder John Pardey, the proposed new block was inspired by the ‘Isokon building’s ocean liner analogy’.

He told the AJ: ‘The base of the building is therefore formed in a chalky coloured brick, which has curved corners and hinges around a central ‘funnel’ - a staircase - and culminates at the northernmost end as a ‘prow,’ expressed as cantilevered, curved balconies akin to that of an ocean liner.

‘The use of masonry and large fenestration apertures also picks up on the New London Vernacular approach, while horizontally emphasised balconies reinforce the hull-like quality of the building along the street.’

An existing mosaic (pictured below) by the artist Jim Anderson in the community centre will be reinstated on the eastern face of the new building. 

Jim Anderson mosaic

Project data

Architects: John Pardey Architects
Location: Lawn Road, Belsize Park
Type Of Project: Residential
Structural Engineers: Fairview
Project Architect: Carl Gulland
Design Team: John Pardey Architects, MCA Landscape Architects
Client: Fairview
Gross internal floor area: 5,030m²
M&e consultant: Fairview
Quantity surveyor: Fairview
Planning supervisor: NLP Planning
Main contractor: Fairview
Environmental: 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions through renewable technologies and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4

that a building which pioneered modern social housing should be redeveloped in line with the present government’s starter-home policy for key workers.

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  • I love this. Nice to see Pardey moving into bigger projects and not just one off houses.

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