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The Stack, E9
1 Community space
24 new homes in the heart of East London
Based in Hackney, The Stack is the first of our housing developments. The site included a church as an original feature, so we’ve worked closely with the pastor to rebuild and enhance this church while creating new apartments around it. From day one, our aim has always been to keep the community at the core of this development.
We’re building 24 new residential apartments, one of which belongs to the church. The other 23 will be sold to fund the scheme, making it self-sustainable. In consultation with the pastor, we’ve created a community space as well as a church, both of which will be open to everyone. For residents, there are also two communal spaces – one on the first floor and another on the roof. That’s in addition to the private balconies, which provide each apartment with extra outdoor space.
Our ultimate aim is for The Stack to serve everyone, from residents to churchgoers to the community they live in.
Stanhope Gardens, N6
Victorian tradition meets contemporary modern living.
We’ve recently converted a double-fronted Victorian period house, with detached outbuilding and large rear garden, into two four and five-bedroom houses on Stanhope Gardens in Crouch End.
A two-storey, modern zinc clad extension has been built on the site’s east elevation. This wraps around to the rear of the house and steps down to a single storey across the rear elevation. The modern design is juxtaposed against the original Victorian house and makes reference to the materials of the surrounding properties. It’s designed to sit comfortably amongst its neighbouring buildings.
Inside, the interior design style is elegantly minimal, light and uplifting.
White Italian designer kitchens with quartz countertops pair with integrated stainless steel Miele appliances. Underfoot, the bleached oak flooring unifies the old space with the new space.
By rearranging the internal living area we’ve maximised space and natural light throughout the building, evident in the spacious kitchen / living room, where full height glazed sliding doors seamlessly connect the inside to the outside.
The tiered landscaped gardens have been considerately designed as private spaces, each garden enclosed by a slatted cedar timber fencing surround.
Both houses also have full basements with impressive ceiling height, that can be used as an extra guest bedroom, cinema room, or a large kids playroom. Flexible living space suited to your needs.
West Ham Lane, E15
1 Community facility
West Ham Lane
A new and improved church and community facility will be delivered on this site in Stratford, East London with flats over the upper floors. The community facility will be funded through the sale of the private residential flats.
The proposed redevelopment of the site will provide approx. 469m2 of new community / church floor space over ground and lower ground floor levels and 17 new dwellings over 5 floors with the split as follows: 9 x 1 bed units 4 x 2 bed units and 4 x 3 bed family dwellings. Every unit has its own private outdoor amenity space in the form of a terrace or balcony.
The ground and lower ground floors are for the use of the existing Baptist Church, it is envisaged that the new church and community facility will include a main congregation hall at entrance level, together with café/kitchen meeting room area, office, and toilets crèche and Sunday school.
The angled and stepped terracing of the proposed scheme reduces the overall bulk and mass of the building and provides an elegant and exciting built form on this corner site. The proposed scale, massing and form addresses the surrounding buildings appropriately.
The proposed elevations are designed to create a contemporary, striking new mixed use development in this urban context as befitting of a landmark building, reflecting the importance of the use. The mixture of materials and finishes and the articulation of form creates interest to the elevations and blends in to the immediate urban grain in a modern contemporary way. The confident styling of the building improves legibility within an otherwise fairly monotonous context.
Hackney Road, E5
Contemporary mixed-use development
We designed a contemporary mixed-use development on Hackney Road, East London. On the ground level there is 4,000sqft of commercial retail space, currently used as a local supermarket servicing the needs of the local community. Above, there are 14 apartments over four floors, providing luxury accommodation overlooking a small park.
The site’s proximity to neighbouring buildings meant that there were sensitive planning restrictions. This has informed the form, massing and height of the property, as well as its relationship to the surrounding low-rise buildings.
Organised around a central core, the ground floor exterior is treated in blue / grey engineering brick. This creates a striking contrast against the protruding white-rendered ‘cube’ exterior of the apartments above.
Braemar Avenue, N22
1 Community space
UrbanLabs latest development is a scheme on Braemar Avenue in North London creates a new community space for use by Braemar Avenue Baptist Church and the wider local community with 16 flats in addition to the community space.
The New building whilst distinct in form is stepped back from the street building line to be sub-serviant to the adjacent Grade 2 listed Church building. The materials palette are representative to the local vernacular whilst also giving homage to the ‘tin-tabernacle’ which used to exist on the site of the new community building.
The two buildings are linked with a single story glazed link which opens up to the park beyond and creates a new welcoming entrance and coffee lounge which connects the existing church and community space whilst also allowing them to work independently.
Frimley Road, GU15
6 Apartments and 2 Houses
We created this new-build, mixed-use development located on a popular high street in Camberley, Surrey.
The scheme comprises a ground floor commercial unit of 4,000sqft with one and two-bedroom apartments above. The design of the mass and form, and the choice of materials, were informed by the local historical vernacular of the street. It reflects the corner street scene – both commercial high street and suburban housing – with set-back reveals, full-height windows and tapering brickwork.
Highgate House, N6
This traditional Victorian London terraced house has been transformed into a wonderful modern open family home.
A new three-storey rear extension and roof terrace completely transforms previously dark areas into open, spacious, light and functional spaces. To the rear, a large kitchen, dining and family room is created which opens up to allow the luscious green backdrop of parkland to fill the large ‘picture frame’ opening.
There are now two new bathrooms and a self-contained laundry space on the first floor. The main bathroom features a walk-in shower and a bath which sits under a large window. A study / studio space is created on the second floor which is internally clad in plywood and features opening glazed doors and a staircase up to a roof terrace where the height and orientation provides views across London.
Rochester Square, NW1
Supported by the Lab Foundation
1 Community space
Community space alongside residential
This proposed redevelopment of a disused former spiritualist church site in Camden will provide 3,000sqft of new community space over ground and lower ground floor level with 9 residential maisonettes.
The Residential accommodation consists of 9 flats over 4 floors (three storeys – LGF, GF, 1st and 2nd) with the split as follows: 8 x 2 bed units and 1 x 1 bed unit. Every unit has its own private balcony / courtyard space and 3 of these units provided as affordable housing.
The new community space will be naturally lit to the front by an external lightwell to the south elevation and a series of pavement lights along the internal GF access route providing natural light into the community space below. A new sole entrance is to be provided directly into the community area with wheelchair access and DDA compliant lift and stair access will also be provided from ground floor level to the lower community space.
The proposed residential units have been designed to limit overlooking to the neighbouring properties to the east and west with apertures concentrated to the North and south direction with angled louvres screening overlooking towards the west. Strategically placed lightwells penetrate the scheme, breaking up the mass of the development whilst also allowing plenty of natural light to all habitable rooms from the lower ground floor to the 2nd floor.
The proposed design of the development creates a contemporary, striking new mixed use development in this urban context as befitting of a landmark building. The mixture of materials and finishes and the articulation of form creates interest to the elevations and sections across the site whilst also blending in to the local urban grain in a modern contemporary way. Inspiration has been taken from the local vernacular and in particular the form and materials of similar scale ‘mews’ type developments within the borough of Camden.
1 Russell Hill, CR8
1 Communal garden
1 Russell Hill
This development of nine apartments replaces a tiered residential house to uplift a residential road in leafy Purley. The three-storey building accommodates three two-bedroom residences on each floor, planned to provide ample living space, incorporating generously sized windows and a private balcony. Residents also have access to a communal garden and off-street parking facilities.
The traditional pitched roof masonry structure is complemented by contemporary features including glass balustrade balconies, timber detailing and render finishes that sit comfortably within the local context.