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.
Photo © Will Amlot Photography
Coles Green Court
TM Architects’ planning application for the redevelopment of Coles Green Court for Network Housing Group went before Brent’s Planning Sub-Committee on 20 June and received a unanimous vote in favour of approval.
The scheme, in Dollis Hill, will replace an outdated and sub-standard, tenement-type residential block with 38 new homes that fully meet the criteria of the Interim London Housing Design Guide. The proposals will replace the existing flats with a high proportion of large family dwellings, including four 4-bedroomed family houses with private gardens. The scheme includes high quality landscape design, also by TM Architects, which will include community allotments and fruit trees.
Ewart House Award
On 15 May, TM Architects’ Extra Care and Affordable Housing project in Harrow, Ewart and Abigail House, was awarded a Commendation by Harrow Heritage Trust, as part of their ‘Architectural and Environmental Award’ scheme.
Run by Harrow Heritage Trust and the Harrow Observer, and supported by Harrow Council, it was the 27th year of the biannual awards, which aim to encourage the highest design standards, and give public recognition to projects large or small, which have enhanced areas within the London Borough of Harrow.
This the second award granted to the scheme, which won the category of ‘Best New Place to Live in London’ in the Mayor of London Planning Awards 2011.
The proposed redevelopment of Redmayne House was approved by Lambeth’s planning sub-committee at their meeting on 21 February. The scheme, designed by TM Architects for Community Trust Housing (CTH, part of the Network Housing Group), will provide 30 new apartments for private sale on a site bordering the Stockwell Park Conservation Area.
The project will be implemented as a phase of the Stockwell Park Estate regeneration programme, and the profit generated from the Redmayne House site will be used to fund the development of social rented accommodation elsewhere on the estate.
A CTH Director praised the design and commented that TM Architects’ ”…professionalism and dedication to the project is exemplary”.