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.
Branch Place, 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 tone.
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 public realm and promote a sense of safety within the area.
The copper 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 Colville Masterplan.
Street planting underlines the hierarchy of the public realm with larger street
trees positioned along main routes and smaller species planted in beds
along the pedestrian-priority 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.