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Urban Salon wins go-ahead for Peabody scheme

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Urban Salon has won planning for this 12 home development in Hackney’s Morpeth Road - the first scheme designed by one of Peabody’s Small Project Panel to be approved

The competition-winning, low-rise scheme will replace dilapidated garages on the progressive housing association’s Victoria Park estate, creating a new street in keeping with the surrounding area.

Each of the family homes is open-plan and will have a private courtyard.

Peabody development officer Susie Hamilton, said: ‘The design brief for these new homes went beyond the quality of the dwellings. We wanted to fully activate the space and enhance people’s experience of the estate and the wider area.

‘We also wanted the scheme to be conservation-led and based on the principles of sustainable development. Urban Salon’s design has achieved this and more. The homes will be visually stunning, creating enjoyment for everyone, recognising the needs of the existing community and producing an attractive new facet for the conservation area.’

The project is set to complete in 2017.

The architect’s view

These new homes are arranged along a continuous garden wall linking the houses and their residents into the local area. This wall will be made from traditional London brick and will improve the street by replacing dilapidated garages.

Resident’s front doors, kitchen windows and garden gates bring life. Bedrooms located above the wall give each house an individual form that is identifiable by each resident. The roof is angled in such a way as to retain good daylighting to the adjacent gardens.

High levels of insulation and simple, durable materials make the homes efficient and easy to
maintain.

Project data

Location Morpeth Road, Hackney, London
Type of project housing
Architect Urban Salon
Client Peabody
Planning received September 2015
Completion expected March 2017

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