Units and density: 38 residential units, new build of 3650m², 48dph / 172hrh
Tenure: 50% social and 50% intermediate
Status: Completed 2017
Selected awards: Civic Trust Award 2018 RIBA National Award 2017 RIBA London Award 2017 Brick Award 2017 - Urban Regeneration Project Commended New London Architecture Award 2017 - Housing
Dujardin Mews is the first social housing to be built directly by the London Borough of Enfield for around 40 years and forms the first phase of the wider Ponders End programme to provide replacement homes for the neighbouring Alma Estate.
The project is built on a rectangular plot of remediated land next to the Oasis Academy School and a wider 2 storey surburban neighbourhood which the scheme needed to dovetail into. High-quality housing is arranged in two terraces, establishing permeability through the site and relinks important pedestrian connections between north and south.
The 38 home development is a mix of 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom homes including dual aspect dwellings with entrance doors facing the street to encourage activity, natural surveillance and create opportunities for neighbours to meet. The scale and massing of the street reflects the urban grain of the surrounding area to create a domestic and intimate character.
The scheme is the result of collaboration between two architectural practices; Karakusevic Carson Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects to create variety across the site. The west terrace consists mainly of 2 storey houses, with 3 storey homes to the north and provides a mix of family houses, maisonettes and apartments.
The eastern terrace is comprised of predominately 3 storey family homes with an apartment building to the south. Houses are orientated west to the street with sheltered first floor terraces facing to the south, creating a layout where no habitable rooms overlook the neighbouring school.
The design of the townhouses featuring pitched and mono-pitched roofs creates an articulated and varied street profile which allows daylight to flood the street. Internal layouts for all homes exceed the London Housing Design Guide with generous spaces, substantial floor-to-ceiling heights, natural light and ventilation.
The use of high-quality materials and detailing in the form of textured brickwork combined with pearl composite windows and matching metalwork creates a sophisticated palette which draws inspiration from the typical London Street. Articulated brickwork featured on homes on the western terrace is designed to create interest up-close.
New public spaces create a landscaped route through the street and areas for social activities. Community amenity to the north of the site buffers the Academy School's car drop-off area and provides a new play area and seating for residents and a pedestrian entrance to the new street.
The success of Dujardin Mews is unprecedented for a local authority led public housing project and is the result of an ambitious and cohesive client and design team.
The project was featured in the 'Top 10 Buildings of 2017' lists in both The Guardian and The Times newspapers and won a 2017 RIBA National Award and 2018 Civic Trust Award.
Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington Architects