Kings Crescent Estate Phases 3 & 4

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Hackney Council

The London Borough of Hackney

Scale and density: 
393 homes: 219 new and 174 refurbished homes, 178dph - the final two phases of a 765 home masterplan

50% affordable, 50% private sale

Planning approved

Building on the success of the first two phases of the masterplan, the southern side of Kings Crescent Estate in Stoke Newington, Hackney delivers 393 mixed-tenure homes across new and refurbished buildings, landscaped shared spaces, new public realm and important social and civic infrastructure woven through the scheme.

Five new buildings which vary in scale between 6 and 11 storeys are combined with refurbished Post-War estate buildings around a series of fully accessible, landscaped communal courtyards and dynamic play spaces which provide activity and recreation for all ages.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Unifying these elements is a new public realm of pedestrianised streets and pathways which provide clear routes around the scheme and extend out to link with Murrain Road, the primary route through the masterplan which connects the community to Clissold Park and onward to the wider neighbourhoods.

A considered approach to form, massing and materials ensures new buildings sit comfortably alongside refurbished estate buildings, the architecture of the first two phases of the masterplan and reflect the variety and grain of the surrounding late-Victorian townscape.

Buildings are crafted from a simple palette of high-quality, tenure-blind materials; brickwork, metal work, pre-cast concrete and timber combined with refined and elegant detailing to bring an overall coherence to the scheme and create homes which are built to last.

An 11 storey building containing a new community centre at ground floor is a centre-piece of the neighbourhood and lines a generous landscaped public courtyard integrating a range of games areas and planting. This dynamic shared space complements and spills out onto the adjacent play street and was created following requests from residents at community engagement events for the inclusion of more sporty, social spaces within the estate.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Opportunities for informal play and socialising are embedded within these landscaped courtyards alongside walkways and bridges to promote activity around the site and create spaces for residents to meet. Following their popularity within the first two phases of the masterplan, community growing beds have been provided for use by the whole community, and a former Great London Authority (GLA) pocket park and community orchard containing fruit trees has been maintained and integrated into the masterplan design. 

Breaks in the layout between new and refurbished buildings allow light to enter the public spaces and frame long, scenic views through the scheme towards Clissold Park which are enhanced by the layering of different facades. 

Buildings are articulated with a clear sense of front and back to reflect the scale and character of their immediate context; a strong frontage is established along the central playstreet and Green Lanes which lines Clissold park, and a regular rhythm of circular columns responds to the architectural language of the refurbished blocks and frames generous balconies which overlook the shared courtyard gardens. Inside the buildings, large, light-filled communal lobbies are lined with decorative tiling with inset seating to create a welcoming arrival into homes.

Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects

Refurbished buildings which previously lacked private outdoor space have been renewed with generous, double-height balconies suitable for family living, and front and back gardens. Improvements and extensions to communal entrances and walkways create a clearer and safer sense of arrival into homes and spaces for neighbours to pause and interact. The refurbishment strategy builds upon Post-Occupancy feedback from the first two phases of the masterplan and community engagement events as part of a ‘Lessons Learned’ programme to ensure residents are positively impacted by their new homes.  

A variety of workspaces, retail space and a café located at ground floor along Green Lanes brings activity to the street, supports the needs of the existing and emerging community and helps to fulfil a key ambition of integrating the estate back into the city. 

Through a progressive and sustainable model of estate renewal and a significant commitment to working with the local community, Kings Crescent Estate revitalises a neighbourhood to create genuinely affordable homes and quality placemaking for local people. 

Karakusevic Carson Architects

Design Team

Lead Architect and Masterplanner: Karakusevic Carson Architects 

Collaborator: Henley Halebrown 

Landscape and Public Realm: Muf architecture/art

Planning: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

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