The site provides a large amount of thoughtfully landscaped, inviting green open space at the heart of the scheme. This includes a series of children’s play areas for under 5’s, seating areas and tactile seasonal planting. Private balconies, terraces and gardens have been considered as an extension to the internal living spaces and; as such, they encourage open air dining in the sunshine, and offer vantage points to view the new landscaping. The development is also well served with surrounding local green facilities such as allotments and generous green open spaces.

As one of the last remaining parts of the original Coppetts Wood, the site contains many mature trees of local visual and ecological importance. These will all be retained and supplemented with generous new planting to promote a sustainable habitat and positive visual amenity.

Planning History

Located to the north of Muswell Hill, the site is occupied by a collection of characterful, yet run down, buildings formerly used as an isolation hospital for infectious disease treatment by the NHS until 2008. It was identified by the Local Authority as an Opportunity Site for residential development in the same year. It is surrounded by small scale post-war housing estates in a predominantly Victorian suburban area. As part of the site appraisal, we extensively tested the suitability of the existing buildings for refurbishment and found that in balance, their demolition was of greater benefit to the community as a whole. Although controversial, this allowed us to move forward with a scheme which provided significantly more affordable housing, but also imposed a responsibility to deliver a new set of buildings of equally high quality to the original hospital building, and act as a focal point for the community. The planning approval followed three Pre-Application meetings with LB Haringey, two Public Consultations, one public forum, and one meeting with the Quality Review Panel. The project received a unanimous approval in Feb 2017.

Project Team

Architect: Conran + Partners
Developer: Catalyst Housing Ltd
Planning Authority: London Borough of Haringey

Development Data

Site size (ha):0.71
Estimated date of completion:06/01/2019
Schedule of accommodation:22 x 1Bed apartments, 40 x 2Bed Apartments, 7x 3bed apartments, 3 x 3Bed Houses, 8 x 4Bed Houses
Tenure mix:54% Affordable [27% Affordable Rent, 27% Shared Ownership] 46% Market Sale
Size of typical home:2 Bed 4 Person 74m2
Parking spaces:79

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