Bridport House


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Iain Carson @ KCA

Winner of the Housing Design Award 2012: Community Consultation Award & Housing Design Award 2012: Mayor’s Housing Design Guide Award

IAIN CARSON, as Partner at Karakusevic Carson worked on delivering the first phase of the Colville Estate Regeneration for Hackney Council *. The appointment followed a design competition from the London Borough of Hackney’s Architectural Framework Panel. The brief was to design a new building to provide 41 socially rented affordable homes. The first wave of council homes to be built by Hackney for 45 years. The masterplan was drawn by Karakusevic Carson and has recently received planning permission. Phase 2 is underway at this time.
The design process integrated a full resident engagement programme to ensure the types of accommodation, layouts and buildings would be popular with estate residents. The design team met with the Estate Steering Group and wider resident groups on over 20 occasions to refine house types, defensible space and entrances, building layout and landscaping security.
The building is designed on a narrow and constrained site and replaces a 1960’s building that had turned its back on the street. The new Bridport House creates a new street frontage articulated with 2 main entrances as well as 8 front doors to the family sized hour bedroom maisonettes at ground and first floor.

Above there are 33 no. 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments, many of which are double aspect with generous flat areas, large storage and multiple balconies and terraces; exceeding GLA space standards. The building is designed as an 8 and 5 storey urban block, and forms a frontage onto the newly refurnished Shoreditch Park and starts to define the emerging street pattern of the Colville Neighbourhood Masterplan.
The residents and Hackney Council were particularly focussed on making truly sustainable and energy efficient housing, to set a new benchmark for the wider regeneration in Hackney and help minimise costs for residents.
The site is made more complex by a main London storm sewer running diagonally below the site, so the new building had to be as light as possible and no heavier than the previous 5-storey building. Structural timber panels - Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) was selected for its structural and environmental properties ensuring the superstructure was also essentially zero carbon.
* Bridport House was completed as the first phase of delivering the Colville Estate masterplan (designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects). The 5-Hectare masterplan area is predominantly Local Authority land ownership and aims to replace 438 existing homes that are in poor condition, creating 900 new homes of mixed tenure. The proposals will establish a new route hierarchy stitching Colville back to successful neighouring areas through better street connections, more defined public realm and higher quality, more attractive architectural design.