Units and density: 38 residential units, new build of 3650m², 48dph / 172hrh
Tenure: 50% social and 50% intermediate
Selected awards: Winner RIBA National Awards 2017 Winner RIBA London Awards 2017 Winner Brick Awards 2017 - Urban Regeneration Project Commended New London Architecture Awards 2017 - Housing
Dujardin Mews is the first phase of this wider Ponders End Regeneration programme. It represents the first social housing to be built directly by the borough for around 40 years. We were appointed with Maccreanor Lavington from the GLA/Design for London panel to deliver a Planning Application for approximately 40 residential units in line with the aspirations of the Ponders End Central SPD. The brief provided by Enfield council identifies that “the site forms the first phase of the Alma Regeneration programme which can deliver around 1000 new homes.”
The development is comprised of high quality housing arranged in two terraces creating a new residential street and public route. This scheme successfully addresses the boundary conditions, creating a clearly defined public realm with improved natural surveillance generated by more front doors and habitable rooms overlooking the streetscape.
The development provides new affordable homes, with an equal split between affordable rented and intermediate (shared equity), each home is compliant with Lifetime Homes and the Mayor’s London Housing Design Guide. The units are a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed dwellings with ample amenity space and 28 parking spaces. The scheme also provides 4 wheelchair adaptable units in the unit mix.
The scale of the street reflects the surrounding urban grain of neighbouring residential streets such as Nelson Road and Sutherland Road, creating a more intimate residential environment. The shared surfaces create a pedestrian orientated street. The Western terrace is largely two storey houses with a three storey portion to the north providing a mix of family houses, maisonettes and apartments. These properties are provided with rear gardens which are at least 11m deep, backing onto Falcon Crescent. The eastern terrace is largely three storey courtyard houses with a small three storey apartment building to the south. These house typologies have been developed specifically to minimise overlooking to the school playground.
Principally the houses are orientated west to the street and south to a sheltered first floor terrace, creating a layout with no habitable rooms overlooking the school. The notched nature of this eastern terrace not only creates an articulated street profile but enables additional day lighting into the street and creates an elevation to the school that is animated. The landscaping to the south enhances the connection to the public footpath leading to the allotments and beyond. The street has been set out at 12.5m wide with principally two stories on the west facing the notched three and one storey of the east terrace. Privacy is ensured on the ground floor with the inclusion of defensible zones / front garden of 1.5m and 1.2m respectively. The face to face distance also allows for pavements to either side with trees positioned between the parallel parking spaces to minimize any privacy concerns on the upper levels.