Elizabeth Gardens granted Planning Permission
Elizabeth Gardens Extra Care Housing Scheme for Harrow Churches Housing Association has been granted planning permission by the London Borough of Harrow. The scheme will expand the existing sheltered housing scheme to provide a total of 69 dwellings, as well as new communal facilities and new landscaping. The scheme went before Harrow Council's Planning Committee in June and received unanimous support from Committee members.
Two Market Rent Adaptations Complete
Two refurbishment projects for One Housing Group have recently been completed in central London. The projects are part of a rolling programme of adaptations which includes re-organizing the dwelling layouts and upgrading services and fit-out to maximize the potential for market rent. The design and delivery of the projects are administered by TMA and utilize traditional building contracts.
Elizabeth Gardens Extra Care Housing Submitted for Planning
TM Architects have submitted a planning application for expansion and improvement of the Paxfold Sheltered Housing Scheme in Harrow. The scheme will provide28 new purpose-designed Extra Care one-bedroomed apartments for older people, as well as new communal facilities, new landscaping and ecological enhancement of the adjacent woodland. This is TMA’s second Extra Care project for Harrow Churches Housing Association, following their award-winning Ewart House scheme, completed in 2010.
Leigham Court Road Planning Approval
TMA’s proposed residential scheme at Leigham Court Road has been granted planning permission by the London Borough of Lambeth. The scheme, for Notting Hill Housing, is located to the rear of an existing apartment building in Streatham and will provide nineteen apartments and five houses, as well as high-quality landscaping and amenity areas for both the new and existing residents.
Kingsland Wharves nearing completion
This major regeneration scheme for L&Q around Kingsland Basin in Hackney is reaching the final stages of construction. Comprising 207 mixed tenure apartments and 6,500m2 of employment space (including a waterside café, artists’ studios and offices) TM Architects (as JCMT) gained planning consent in summer 2009 and the scheme began on site a few months later. Central to the design is the new public open space at the heart of the scheme, linking the Regents Canal towpath and the privately-owned Basin for the first time with a series of open courtyards or wharves.
Ewart House featured on London Tonight
ITV’s London Tonight programme included a special feature on TM Architects’ Extra Care scheme at Ewart House on 26 October following the launch of the Mayor of London’s Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund. The Mayor’s office suggested using this scheme as it had been voted Best New Place to Live in the Mayor of London’s Planning Awards in 2011. The new fund is aimed at specialised housing, designed specifically for older people. It will support schemes which provide flexible, self-contained accommodation where residents can remain in their own homes but gain access to increased care packages as and when their individual needs change as is the case at Ewart House.
Aytoun Road competition success
TM Architects have been selected following a limited competition for a site on the north-western edge of Stockwell Park Estate in Brixton. Four practices were asked to present their initial ideas to the Board of Community Trust Housing who own and manage the estate. The presentation included looking at both refurbishment and new build options for the site and preliminary ideas for both
Open House London Weekend
Ewart House was included in this year’s Open House London (22-23 September) with Sheelagh McManus providing guided tours to members of the public on Sunday. The tours included visits to the café and other shared facilities around the building. The latter include a series of small sitting rooms where residents can gather informally to socialise. One of the best features, visible when wandering around the building. is the way in which residents have personalised the recessed spaces around their front doors – these were designed to provide such opportunities to assist with orientation and the results are often delightful.
Station Road Appeal Success
An appeal against non-determination for the planning application to convert the office building known as Groupama House in New Barnet into a residential-led, mixed-use development was allowed by the Planning Inspector this month. The Inspector supported the design of the scheme, dismissing the Local Authority’s objections to the application. The scheme will provide 34 apartments for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent together with B1 at ground and (part) first floor level.
Burlington Green Official Opening
Burlington Green was officially opened by Ealing’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Hitesh Tailor, at the beginning of the month. The development, in Chiswick, is One Housing Group’s first in Ealing and provides 56 apartments in a mix of tenures with 1000 sqm of commercial space at ground and (part) first floor levels. TM Architects designed the building to complement the adjacent Nature Reserve and Grade II listed tube station. This challenging site required a carefully considered design response which was acknowledged by a Planning Inspector granting an appeal on design grounds in 2009. Speeches were made by Cllr Tailor, the Development Director of One Housing Group, Alan Williams, and the MD of Allenbuild South East, Andrew Dudley. Guided tours were given of the show flat, an affordable rent apartment and the splendid roof gardens.
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