Units and density: 765 dwellings: 490 new homes, refurbishment of 275 existing, 200dph
Tenure: 50% affordable, 50% market sale
Status: On site, phased completion from 2017
Awards: Selected Project for our winning submission of Architect of the Year Award 2014
Kings Crescent is an ambitious estate regeneration project involving the comprehensive redevelopment of the Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney. Karakusevic Carson were appointed in September 2013 following a collaborative competition to lead a team of architects including Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects and public realm designers, MUF and are leading the project in the delivery of the first two phases of the masterplan involving 269 new homes and 101 refurbished homes.
Located in Stoke Newington the Kings Crescent Estate forms part of the London Borough Hackney’s wider Estate Regeneration programme. The current estate is in a bad state of repair and suffers from poor quality, badly overlooked public spaces with the estate feeling inward looking and disconnected from the surrounding townscape. Previous development plans have been cancelled resulting in a significant area of the estate being demolished and hoarded off which has added to the sense of disconnection with the surrounding community.
The London Borough of Hackney’s housing and regeneration had high aspirations for quality design in the redeveloped estate. From the outset our approach was to seek to reintegrate the estate with its surrounding townscape of Victorian streets and public spaces. This was achieved by creating a series of robust courtyard blocks combining the existing and proposed buildings as well as creating a series of well-defined and overlooked streets and public spaces connected through the site. Existing garage units will be converted to new street accessed ground floor units with a high quality public realm proposed around the estate’s perimeter to stitch it into the surrounding streets. The team presented to a number of Design Review panels in order to ensure the proposals were of the highest quality.
The three new buildings have been designed to respond to both the strong massing of the existing building as well as the Victorian townscape of Clissold Park and surrounding 19th century terraced and semi-detached housing. Varying in scale from 5 to 12 storeys in height common aspects of the new buildings include front door accessed ground floor units, generous communal entrances and the incorporation of large amenity space for family units.
High quality brick materials with considered detailing make the new buildings sit comfortably in their varied context and allow them to age gracefully over time. Robust materials such as solid timber are used in areas such as entrances and balconies.
We engaged intensively with residents from the start of the process to identify their aspirations for a new neighbourhood and understand the issues that affect the estate in its current form. This involved regular meetings with the residents’ steering group as well as a number of public consultation events involving the wider estate. Karakusevic Carson Architects also worked closely with the local councillor to facilitate positive engagement with the regeneration proposals.
Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects with Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects
Landscape and Public Realm: Muf Art + Architecture