Rectory Lane planning application submitted
TM Architects have submitted a planning applicationon behalf of Harrow Churches Housing Association for two adjoining sites on Rectory Lane in Stanmore. Surrounded by historic listed buildings, a key feature of the Conservation Area site is the predominance of attractive mature trees. The scheme design has been developed to ensure that this woodland setting is preserved, with the proposed buildings sitting between the many existing mature and ‘veteran’ trees.
The proposals comprise 57 extra-care apartments for older people, with communal facilities for residents’ use, along with support services to enable independent living. In addition, 2 non-extra-care flats are being provided, fully adapted for younger wheelchair users. The proposed development wraps around a central south-facing communal garden, with views into the mature wooded landscape beyond. The design references almshouse and cloister typologies, and the detail reinterprets local traditional brick buildings with steeply pitched roofs in a contemporary way.
Belmont Road receives full planning approval
Belmont Road, a new residential scheme for Thurrock Council in Essex, received full planning approval at committee this month. The scheme comprises 80 new houses ranging from 2 bed, single storey dwellings, designed specifically for older people, through to 4 bed family houses. This ‘tenure-blind’ development will deliver 35% affordable housing, and will regenerate an underused site close to Grays town centre.
Tottenham High Road nearing completion on site
Tottenham High Road, a 42-unit residential scheme for One Housing Group is nearing completion on site. The scheme, which is being delivered as a construction management project, includes adaptive re-use of a 1950’s concrete-frame office building and modifications to an existing timber frame roof extension. TM Architects were originally appointed to audit earlier design and construction work, which resulted in an extensive re-design and full construction drawings to ensure compliance with London design standards.
John Barker Court starts on site
Work has begun on a development in Brondesbury, in North West London, for Network Housing to provide 33 one and two bedroomed apartments, specifically designed for older people. The new building replaces an outdated, former sheltered housing scheme, dating from the mid-seventies. It is surrounded by mature trees which line the site boundaries, and has views into an area of undisturbed woodland.
This is the third scheme that TM Architects have undertaken using Construction Management.
TMA Associate added to Register of Certified Passivhaus Designer¬s
TM Architects’ Associate, Eadaoin Ni Fhearghail, has completed training and an examination to become a Certified Passivhaus Designer. The Passivhaus standard is an internationally-recognised design standard which aims to improve thermal comfort in buildings while reducing energy use, creating sustainable buildings and homes for the future. TM Architects are committed to designing high-quality, low-energy buildings and a number of projects in the practice are currently being designed to achieve this standard.
Thurlow Park Road shortlisted for Building Excellence Awards
Thurlow Park Road has been shortlisted as a finalist for the London LABC Building Excellence Awards in the Best Small New Housing Development category. The development of eight no. 3 bedroom duplex apartments and a 4 bedroom penthouse is located within the boundaries of the historic ‘Dulwich Estate’. The project was built using Construction Management and was completed in December 2016.
Bangor Wharf planning application submitted
TM Architects have submitted a revised planning application for the former electricity board depot at Bangor Wharf, a site on the Regents Canal in Camden Town. The scheme design has been developed in close consultation with the Local Authority and following receipt of comments from two Design Review Panels. It comprises a mixed use scheme of 886m2 of flexible B1 commercial space and 40 new mixed tenure apartments for One Housing Group. The development centres on a new, publicly-accessible courtyard that opens to the waterside, allowing views in and out and maintaining the open character of this part of the Conservation Area. The approach to the detailed design references traditional, canal-side warehouse architecture in its materials, proportions and detailing.
Stockwell Park Road Approved at Committee
A 100% affordable housing scheme at the south-eastern end of the Stockwell Park Estate in Lambeth was unanimously granted planning approval at Committee last week. The scheme, for SW9 and Network Homes, is a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments designed specifically for residents of the estate who wish to downsize. The proposed building is five-storeys and provides 18 apartments with two wheelchair adaptable homes at ground floor. The scheme is a second planning approval for TM Architects on the site of a former day centre. Following grant of permission three years ago, Network appointed TM Architects to revise the design with a different unit mix and tenure. TMA have worked on a number of projects around the Stockwell Park Estate in recent years.
Completion of Thurlow Park Road
The development of 9 high-specification apartments for private sale at 99 Thurlow Park Road, for One Housing Group (OHG), is now complete.TM Architects acted as executive architects during the construction phase, and worked collaboratively alongside AMCM (Airey Miller Construction Management) using Construction Management, collectively offering OHG effective evaluation of cost versus quality throughout the detailed design process.
Marian Helcke of OHG commented “Thurlow Park Road reflects OHG’s first experimentation with construction management procurement. While it has carried more cost and programme risk than a standard JCT Design + Build contract, it has allowed OHG to be involved in all detailed design, specification choice and onsite construction issues. As such, it has both put OHG in the driving seat and gave us an unprecedented level of co-operation within the project team, which in turn resulted in a final product of exceptional quality.”
Lord Best Visits Elizabeth Gardens
To mark the one year birthday of Elizabeth Gardens, a project to extend an existing sheltered housing scheme in Harrow, London, our client Harrow Churches Housing Association, invited Lord Richard Best to visit and meet the residents. Lord Best is chair of the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People and an advocate for sustainable and varied models of housing provision. He also chaired HAPPI (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for innovation) which has heavily influenced current government guidance on exemplar housing for older people. He commended Elizabeth Gardens as an excellent example of a scheme specifically designed for older people, creating a close-knit community, and providing a genuine option for those wishing to downsize. He was also impressed with the combination of existing and retained, saying ‘It is great to see the remarkable transformation of old and new buildings…..’