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Raft of architects get go-ahead for Camden infill housing

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Peter Barber Architects, Cullinan Studio, Burd Haward and Hayhurst and Co have been given the go-ahead for housing schemes across infill sites in the London Borough of Camden

The four practices have won planning permission for social housing schemes within existing estates in the north London area of Gospel Oak.

Peter Barber Architects is working on 15 new homes split between six infill sites within the Kiln Place Estate. The project consists of a terrace of six homes facing a smaller two-home block.

A further trio of smaller buildings complete the empty corners of three of the estate’s existing residential blocks.

The practice has also designed a one-bedroom courtyard house which provides three new roof terraces for the estate’s residents.

Cullinan Studio has drawn up plans for a larger 112-home development within the 1930s Maitland Park Estate.

Cullinan Studio’s scheme repairs the Victorian street frontage with a combination of a four-storey town house and four to five-storey flats.

Its scheme will replace Aspen House - a nine-storey 1970’s slab block – with a five-storey courtyard building fronted with a five to six-storey mansion block.

While Hayhurst and Co and Burd Haward are working together on six infill sites providing eight new homes.

Located on the perimeter of the Powell+Moya-designed Barrington Court Estate, the two practices’ proposals – known as ‘The Three Sisters’ - maximise the potential of under-used land within the local authority’s ownership.


Catherine Burd of Burd Haward:

‘This project a great example of an enlightened local authority making the most of an opportunity to improve the urban realm and raise funds through the development of small, carefully designed housing projects.

‘Camden Council was renowned for its procurement of innovative and iconic social housing in the 1960s and 70s - under architects such as Neave Brown, and Benson & Forsyth. It feels like our projects, and others now going forward in the borough, are building on this tradition.

‘Camden should be proud.

‘Our sites are all located on small pockets of local authority owned, under-used land. In addition to increasing housing stock and providing funding for estate wide repairs and improvements, the new buildings will significantly improve the local public realm.

‘Although modest in scale, the commissioning and consultation process for the sites was ambitious, and Camden’s housing and regeneration team managed to negotiate a raft of cumbersome procurement procedures to select [smaller practices] including ourselves who are known for their design of imaginative carefully crafted one- off buildings, precisely tailored to their context.

‘We were selected via OJEU procedure, from an impressive shortlist that included 5th Studio, Walters & Cohen, Niall McLaughlin, and KCA Architects. The local community had a voice in our selection, and were subsequently closely involved in the development of designs for the three sites.

‘Peter Barber Architects & Hayhurt & co were chosen for projects on adjacent sites.

‘Having secured planning permission at the end of 2014, it was felt that the desired level of quality in our projects would be difficult to secure using a design and build procurement route, so Camden’s housing & regeneration team took another pretty radical decision - to procure the projects under traditional form of contract, with full design team involvement to completion.’

‘We have just been appointed to stage E and the projects are due to start on site in the autumn.’

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