Colville Estate Phase 2

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Hackney Council

The London Borough of Hackney

Units and Density:
209 homes, 177 dph, 760 hrh

54% social rent, 16% intermediate, 30% market sale

Currently on-site, completion due 2018

Shortlisted for Housing Design Award 2013, Shortlisted for New London Architecture Award 2013

Colville Phase 2, bounded by Penn Street to the south, Branch Place to the north, the existing estate buildings to the east and Bridport Place to the west it lies within close proximity to both Shoreditch Park and the Regent’s Canal.

Based on the principles set out in the Colville Estate Masterplan and Design Code, the proposal aims to create a diverse and sustainable mixed tenure community which reconnects the estate into the wider neighbourhood. 

Karakusevic Carson worked closely with the existing residents throughout the design process which informed the selection of materials and the layout of residential units. As well as regular meetings with the Colville Estate Tenants and Residents Association (CETRA), KCA arranged a series of fun days and exhibitions to ensure residents of the wider estate were involved in the design process. Residents have also been closely involved in the design of the public realm working with Karakusevic Carson and Muf to explore ways of integrating community growing into the public realm.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Phase 2 consists of 3 buildings envisioned as a “family of buildings” designed to balance consistency of urban form with a variety of architectural character between each building. Articulated roof forms are used to mark strong corners in the townscape while non-residential uses are marked in more ornate brickwork. Generous front gardens, street accessed ground floor units and generous double height lobbies enliven the streetscape. 

Commonality between the 3 buildings is achieved through common detailing of windows and doors whilst architectural variety is achieved through a range of balcony types as well as variation in brickwork and built massing.

The copper mansard roof of Building C marks the bridge over the Regent’s Canal and the beginning of the proposed Neighbourhood Street. Forming a perimeter building with the existing Atrium Apartment building, it lines Bridport Place with new retail spaces, includes town houses onto Branch Place and has a shared courtyard garden at its centre.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Building E includes the Energy Centre, which will supply a district heat network and a new Community Centre fronting onto Penn Street. Triangular in plan, the building consists of a double height “plinth” creating a continuous active frontage to the street with 2 separate building elements and courtyard gardens above.

Building F forms a perimeter building with a raised courtyard garden covering an undercroft car park. In response to its different edge conditions the massing has been broken down into smaller elements with a varied roofscape and recalling the canal side industrial heritage.

The public realm of Phase 2 designed by MUF is characterised by the new Neighbourhood Street running west to east, which forms a link through the new neighbourhood and defines the plots of the Masterplan, as well as more informal north to south pedestrian priority zones. The pedestrian zones offer play and community growing areas, with planting areas adjacent to the front gardens laid out to encourage “adoption” by residents. High quality paving materials, tree planting based on identified character areas and careful detailing of the amenity spaces emphasise the clearly defined hierarchy of public, private and semi-private open spaces. 

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Design Team

Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects

Landscape/Public Realm: MUF

Planning: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

Engineering: Peter Brett Associates

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