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How to contemporise a sensitive residential site in Hampstead

A contemporary residential development of 12 new apartments in Camden has reached completion following a successful planning application in 2016. The site lies between Hampstead’s West End Green and the Redington Frognal Conservation Area, and includes the neighbouring Grade 2 listed St Andrew’s Church.

The new building’s roofline echoes that of the Church with it’s double-height pitched roofs and affords a sympathetic backdrop to one of the Church’s most notable features, a memorial WW1 stained glass window designed by the Scottish architect, Douglas Strachan.

The proportions and façade of the Church played a vital role in our design considerations as did the building typologies of the area. We created a grid from the façade that informed the massing and setting out of the new structure. The local context has been respectfully re-defined by giving the new building a light masonry finish.

Individual apartments have been designed and fitted out to a high specification complimented by 21st Century Smart technology. The living spaces maximise natural daylight and privacy.

The grounds surrounding the new development have been extended by 40m2 and our landscape design successfully combines the existing mature planting with new to encourage bio-diversity and a private recreational area.  This is an important feature of the development creating a valuable amenity and recreation space for the new residents.

The site’s unsuccessful planning history and the challenges it presented were resolved by Douglas and King working closely with the client, the LB Camden, and residents in the local community.

The design team and delivery of this project is led by Douglas and King Architects. For information on our processes read our blog on creative leadershio by CLICKING HERE