Kilburn Quarter

  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Paul Riddle
  • © Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • © Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Brent

Information about this scheme

The development is composed of four blocks of 129 apartments of which 63 are social rented. The architecture responds directly to the mansion block typologies found in the local context.

The tile hung West Block ‘mansion terrace’ has been arranged with central stair and lift cores at frequent intervals, providing direct access to the communal gardens, and a classic layout of two apartments per floor. The top floor is set back, reducing the apparent scale of the building and allowing two storey dormers or studio balconies to animate the block’s roofline.

The new tree-lined Kilburn Park Road frontage, along with the new ‘Roundabout site’ development demonstrates the areas potential to add to London’s tradition of great residential streetscapes.

A new shared courtyard for all tenure residents reinforces the tenure-blind nature of the scheme and a new public square onto Kilburn Park Road opens up previous desire lines through the site creating a comfortable, permeable development. Routes are transparent, defined by soft landscaping, street furniture and considered lighting.

Cycle parking is provided at ground floor at a number of locations throughout the North and West block with each entrance having its own cycle store.

Housing type is mixed to maximise living space (exceeding Housing Design Guides) and all properties meet Lifetime Homes standards with 10% wheelchair accessible. Secured by Design principles were factored in from the outset, implemented through active frontages to encourage natural surveillance and attractive, well-lit and overlooked public spaces.

The scheme is designed for pedestrians and has brought back to life the original street pattern with interesting and creative architecture that blends in without becoming pastiche.

Credits

Architect

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Client

Network Homes

Landscape Architect

Fabrik

Main Contractor

United House

Services Engineer

FHP

Structural Engineer

WSP

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses