Bridport House, Colville Estate

Hackney Council

The London Borough of Hackney

Units and density: 
41 homes, 195 dph, 690 hrh

100% social rent

Completed 2011

Housing Design Award 2012 - Best Resident Engagement Programme
Housing Design Award 2012 - Best use of GLA Standards
Shortlisted 2012 RIBA Awards 

Residents of the Colville Estate had spent over 10 years on previous attempted schemes which had stalled at ballot and funding stages. Karakusevic Carson were appointed from the London Borough of Hackney framework panel to develop a new masterplan focused on resident involvement, design excellence and deliverability. As part of this appointment we were required to develop a workable decant programme and deliver the first phase of homes to unlock the decant process.

Working with the Colville Estate Residents Association we held weekly meetings with the steering group to develop a phased mixed tenure masterplan for the whole Colville Estate which was popular with residents, financially viable and provided a managed approach to decant. This process kept the regeneration programme on track. Our respect for a diverse resident base quickly gained their trust, boosted confidence and proactively progressed regeneration.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Bridport House (100% social rent) was delivered in 2011. The project forms the first phase of the wider Colville Estate masterplan. The site was identified by Karakusevic Carson Architects and designated the first phase of the programme, providing initially for 41 new build homes for social rent it enabled decant for the larger scale entire estate new build programme. We achieved planning approval in a 16 week fast track programme, meeting CfSH4, Lifetime Homes Standard and HCA grant funding with full resident backing.

It is an exemplar of successfully combining MMC with a more robust aesthetic which was very popular with residents. It reinstated the variety and grain of the pre-existing warehouses, Victorian terraces and the Gainsborough Studios that characterises the neighbourhood – through height, massing and robust materials. 

The robust detailing and materials selected (with full resident input into selection) also referenced the adjacent buildings with careful selection of quality brick, roofing types, and window and balcony openings referring to the warehousing proportions. The structure was faced in a high quality engineering brick selected at local consultation design workshops by local residents for its looks, durability and long-term maintenance. The scheme received strong support from the GLA/Design for London and CABE Design Reviews.

Our dynamic and consultative approach gained unanimous Local Authority and Resident support for a medium density approach and the two tall buildings strategy as part of the masterplan to ensure a fully viable scheme. We met key parameters to achieve HCA grant funding and allow the phasing to commence for the entire scheme.  

Karakusevic Carson Architects

It is an award winning example of our innovative approach to design and construction methods. It is at the forefront of MMC utilizing recycled zero carbon timber panel construction CLT – cross laminated timber, (the largest building in the world to have utilized this construction technology at the time). These enable the 8 storey building to be effectively “zero carbon” in construction and to overcome the weight restrictions of the site which sits above one of London’s main drainage tunnels. 

They were delivered to site with pre-fitted natural fibre insulation and servicing ducts to enable efficiency during the site assembly phases. Site assembly was completed in 10 weeks. The scheme also uses SUDS, soil and water PV, triple glazing, water recycling for irrigation and flood mitigation, brown roofs, bicycle stores, dual aspect and orientation to maximise daylight , natural fibre insulation (200mm) it achieved Eco Homes very good, CfSH 4 and Lifetime Homes/Building for Life gold standard within the restricted capital budget. 

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Design Team                     

Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects 

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