Claredale Street


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Iain Carson @ KCA

IAIN CARSON, as Partner at Karakusevic Carson was actively involved in delivering a masterplanning and architecture project for Tower Hamlets Community Housing. A key part of this was located on Claredale Street.

The project occupies the site of Bradley House, an 8 storey slab block that failed socially and structurally 20 years ago. Our proposal occupies a site bound by Keeling House, the 1960’s designed Grade II Listed housing tower by Denys Lasdun, the Mansford Estate to the West and a combination of 4-6 storey warehouse and mansion buildings fronting Mansford Street. The scheme provides 77 new homes of mixed tenure, 40 of which are new affordable family homes.

The scheme provides a range of new public, shared and private spaces that extend from the project to activate Mansford Street and re-connect Teesdale Street into the existing fabric. Conceived as an urban block with inhabited edges, our scheme reinstates the grain of the pre-existing Victorian terraces that characterised the wider area. This provides continuity to the street line while allowing variety through the introduction of a range of housing types, public space, shared courtyards and private amenity space at the centre of the scheme.

An exemplar of mixed tenure developments, the award winning affordable housing was cross subsidised by high quality private and shared ownership homes which were over subscribed 30:1 on first day of release. Demonstrating the value of design excellence.

‘An abiding impression of this scheme is that it takes great care in defining home from public space. It does it with three elements; an apartment block, a perimeter block of 2 and 3 storey houses, and another 3 storey terrace of town houses.’

All three building blocks have green roofs with solar thermal panels for hot water. The facing material is predominantly copper sheet which is fixed with an irregular pattern of joints that make it look man-made, a nod to the area’s artisanal history.

RIBA Award 2011
Civic Trust Award 2011
Housing Design Award 2010 “Richard Fielden: Best Affordable Housing” presented by HCA
Evening Standard Award for “Best Family Housing” 2010
Cabe ‘Building for Life’ Gold Award 2010
Housing Architect of the Year Award 2011