We are now half way through construction, obtaining planning for this was not easy, It took 2 years to come to an agreed design with the council.
The site sits within the Dartmouth park conservation area and is just one road down from the famous Grove Terrace, one of the most beautiful Georgian terraces in London in our opinion.
We entered a pre-planning discussion with the planning department that lasted a year, we went in front of Camden’s Design Review Panel, and presented the designs to residents and councillors, which gave us so much positive constructive feedback.
Our initial design idea was inspired by the historic Green lung of open green spaces along the Highgate road, our earliest discussion with Camden was to relink the 2 green spaces either side of the site. This means that we are proposing to reinstate the green lung as close to how it was back in 1873.
This new green space acts as buffer for the proposed architecture behind, we are proposing 6 small mews houses that appear to be single storey from the Highgate road side, to preserve the clear unbroken green line from the street. We have put the entrances to the houses on the College Lane, like the other old historic cottages further south along the road.
The proposed new architecture itself was a careful response to the comments of the Local Design Review Panel, (A panel of local academics, planners, architects, designers).
What they felt was appropriate was a small mass at the rear of the site that would appear single storey, using local London stock brick formed in arches to reference the local colours and the railway arches that sit directly next to the site.
The new houses are positioned so that the 25-degree rule that allows light to the lowest windows of the large block, Denyer house, behind meaning that their sunlight/daylight will not be affected by the new development. Furthermore we are proposing a green roof over all of the houses so that the residents high up in Denyer House look down on to wild flowers and greenery creating a habitat for various birds and insects/wildlife.
Interestingly, one of the main comments back from the public consultation was that the abandoned graffiti looking petrol station of the current site attracts anti-social behaviours and that the residents would welcome life to that empty sometimes dangerous part of College Lane when at night, the new development would bring life and lot of lighting to College Lane. Thus, a natural deterrent for anti-social behaviour.
“when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.
Architects: The DHaus Company