Tenure: 54% social
intermediate, 30% market
Status: Phase 2A&B completed 2019
Selected awards: Housing Design Award 2013 - Shortlist New London Architecture Award 2013 - Shortlist
Based on the principles set
out in the Colville Estate Masterplan and Design Code, the second phase of the
Colville Estate creates a diverse and sustainable mixed-tenure community with new streets and spaces to reconnect the estate back into the wider neighbourhood.
The design has been led by active community engagement, with Karakusevic Carson Architects working closely with estate residents throughout all design stages to shape proposals. The Colville
Estate Tenants and Residents Association (CETRA) have been integral to decisions on
all aspects of the scheme including massing, landscaping, internal layouts and material finishes. Engagement with the wider community has been achieved through an extensive
programme of workshops, exhibitions and community fun days, enabling all members of the local area to review designs.
Colville Estate is comprised of a 'family' of three buildings, crafted from a palette of high-quality, tenure-blind materials;
brickwork, elegant metalwork and solid timber. Their design balances
consistency of urban form with a variety of architectural character between each
building through articulated roof lines, facades and subtle variations in brick
The public realm
strategy includes a new neighbourhood street running east-west forming a vital
link through the estate, while new pedestrian priority streets run north-south. Well defined street-based
buildings with regular front doors enliven the neighbourhood and promote a sense of
safety within the area.
mansard roof of the taller building next to Regent’s Canal reflects the nearby
historic warehouse buildings and marks the beginning of the new Colville
neighbourhood. A new courtyard building set along Branch Place contains a raised
landscaped courtyard garden covering an undercroft carpark. In response to the different
edge conditions, the massing has been broken down into smaller elements. Lowering
the mass to the south ensures light floods the courtyard space whilst enabling
clear views towards the city.
The building set to the south-east of the site will include an Energy
Centre which will supply a district heat network and a new Community Centre
fronting onto Penn Street. Triangular in plan, it includes a double height plinth
which creates a continuous active street frontage with two separate building
elements and raised courtyard gardens above.
The landscape design by Muf architecture/art is
characterised by a holistic and fully integrated approach with the whole Masterplan.
Street planting underlines the hierarchy of the public realm with larger street
trees positioned along main routes, smaller species to one side of the
neighbourhood street while light and multi-stemmed species planted in beds
along the pedestrian Homezone routes.
Residents worked closely with the design teams to explore ways of integrating areas for community growing within the public realm. The use of high-quality paving materials, tree planting based on identified character areas and careful detailing of the amenity spaces emphasises the clearly defined hierarchy of public, private and semi-private open spaces throughout the scheme.