All dwellings have access to private amenity space in the form of generous balconies or back gardens, and shared amenity in the central courtyard, second floor terrace and toddler’s play area. The central courtyard features formal lawns, seating, planting and a shared surface to minimise the dominance of the car. A three storey opening in the south western corner of one of the apartment buildings creates a communal terrace on the second floor, providing relaxed amenity space with immediate views over the courtyard and beyond to the reservoirs further west. This opening also allows light to penetrate deep into the site, meaning the courtyard benefits from sunlight even in the darkest winter months. The play area is designed to encourage informal use, whilst responding to the site’s industrial heritage by featuring small timber trains sat on inlaid steel ‘tracks’.
In May 2012, LB Waltham Forest initiated a disposal process for this underused, semi-industrial site. The developer-led competition brief was to provide a mixed tenure, affordable, housing-led scheme including a doctor’s surgery, which was to be leased back to the Council following completion. East Thames Housing Group and Levitt Bernstein were selected to acquire and design the site respectively in 2012.
Formal and informal meetings were held to discuss the proposals with LB Waltham Forest’s planning department from the beginning of 2013. Finalised design proposals were then successfully steered through planning, with the application submitted in May 2014. As a result of funding conditions, and as the land was more polluted than anticipated, work started on site before planning was granted in March 2015.
|Developer:||East Thames Housing Group|
|Site size (ha):||0.43|
|Date of completion:||12/01/2017|
|Schedule of accommodation:||12 x 1 bed apartments, 40 x 2 bed apartments, 7 x 3 bed houses|
|Tenure mix:||100% affordable (65% shared ownership / 35% social)|
|Size of typical home:||72|
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