Tenure: 54% social
intermediate, 30% market
Status: Phases 2a+b due for completion 2019
for Housing Design Award 2013 Shortlisted for New London Architecture Award 2013
Based on the
principles set out in the Colville Estate Masterplan and Design Code, the second phase of the Colville Estate creates a diverse and sustainable mixed-tenure community which reconnects
the estate back into the wider neighbourhood.
The scheme lies near
to Shoreditch Park and Regents Canal, bounded by Branch Place to the north, Penn
Street to the south, the existing Colville Estate buildings to the east and
Bridport Place to the west.
Carson Architects worked closely with the existing residents throughout the
design process to deliver a project which reflected their needs and
aspirations. The Colville Estate Tenants and Residents Association (CETRA) were
integral to decisions on all aspects of the scheme; from massing and landscape
to internal layouts and finishes. Engagement with the local community took the
form of a programme of regular meeting, community fun days, exhibitions and
workshops, enabling tenants of the wider estate to share their opinions on the
Branch Place, Colville Estate is comprised of three buildings envisioned as a “family of buildings”
designed to balance consistency of urban form with a variety of architectural
character between each building. A new neighbourhood street running east-west
forms a vital link through the estate, while new pedestrian priority streets
run north-south creating new public realm for the community. Well defined street-based
buildings with regular front doors enliven the streetscape and promote a sense
of safety within the area, while a communal garden at the back of each block
creates valuable amenity and playspace.
forms are used to mark strong corners in the townscape while non-residential
uses are distinguishable at ground floor level by their distinctive articulation.
Commonality between the three buildings is achieved through robust detailing to
windows and doors, whilst architectural variety is achieved through a range of rooflines,
facades and a varied palette of brickwork and built form.
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 former estate. It lines Bridport Place with new and existing retail
space which has been reprovided on the estate. Townhouses face onto Branch
Place, each with a patio garden and a shared garden at the centre of the
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 two separate building elements and raised 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 which also reflects the industrial heritage of the canal side. Lowering
the mass to the south ensures light floods the courtyard space whilst enabling clear
views towards the city. The scheme is tenure-blind and crafted from a palette
of high-quality brickwork, secure timber entrances and elegant metalwork.
The landscape design
by MUF architecture/art is characterised by a holistic and fully integrated approach
across the Masterplan. Street planting is designed to underline the hierarchy
of the public realm; larger street trees positioned along main routes, smaller
species to one side of the neighbourhood street while light, multi-stemmed species are planted in beds along pedestrian
Homezone routes. The pedestrian zones offer play and community growing areas,
with planting areas adjacent to the front gardens laid out to encourage use by
residents. Residents worked closely with the design teams to explore ways of
integrating areas for community growing within the public realm.
The use of high-quality
paving materials, tree planting based on identified character areas and careful
detailing of the amenity spaces emphasises the clearly defined hierarchy of
public, private and semi-private open spaces throughout the scheme.