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Hugh Cubitt Centre

(as JCMT Architects)
location: Collier St. Islington London N1 9QZ
client:  Peabody
value: £2.1 million
service:  RIBA Stages A-L
Hugh Cubitt Centre lies at the heart of a major regeneration programme comprising ten former council estates, which transferred to Peabody Trust in 1999. The building houses community facilities for local residents (including a large hall, crèche and meeting room), offices for the Peabody Trust and provides a single point of entry to the adjacent estate (Priory Green) with 24-hour concierge. The brief and design were developed through extensive consultation and the building serves as the focal point for the regeneration of the surrounding neighbourhood.

The building is low energy, naturally ventilated throughout, with very high levels of insulation to reduce heat loss. The structure and the majority of the cladding are timber with recycled newspaper insulation incorporated into ‘breathing’ external walls. Copper cladding to the main hall emphasises its form and function and ceramic tiling to the street façade echoes one of the main materials used on the Grade 2 listed Priory Green estate behind.

Hugh Cubitt House was shortlisted for an RIBA Design Award in 2005 and was featured in the RIBA Journal

Photography © Dennis Gilbert @ VIEW & JCMT Architects