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· Amy Glover

Emerald Circus gets the green light

Cullinan Studio and The Hyde Group gain planning approval for Emerald Circus

On 18th November 2015, in a unanimous decision, Brent Council approved the 109 apartment residential building of Emerald Circus, in north west London.

This mixed-tenure housing scheme is the latest in a series of projects that Cullinan Studio has developed with The Hyde Group at the regenerated Stonebridge Estate, including the Stonebridge Hillside Hub completed in 2009 and ‘Spring at Stonebridge Park’ due for completion later this year.

The 109 flats in Emerald Circus are organised into two buildings that step up the slope from a quiet local park to a busy main road. A system of projecting and recessed brick bays bring rhythm and scale to the relatively low density street context. The two buildings are united via a circular civic space that will be finished in richly coloured glazed tiles. This ‘Circus’ creates a gathering hub for residents, as well as a new public route across the site for the wider community. To the south, apartments are gathered around a shared courtyard which looks out to the existing public park. To the north, the building opens onto a garden space next to the neighbouring church.

Emerald Circus

Mike Johnson, Development Director, The Hyde Group said:

“We look forward to delivering this development, in partnership with Brent Council, one of the last pieces in our plan to regenerate the Stonebridge Estate. In total this will see over 1,500 new homes for Brent, as well as continuing to revitalise and improve the local community.”

The Project Architect, Philip Graham from Cullinan Studio said:

"The most exciting part of this project will be to see how residents use their shared balcony access. We have tried to design out the stigma of deck walkways by pulling them away from the building for privacy. Short, bridged connections link the walkway to front doors, conceived as semi-private balconies which include a fixed bench and ample space for plant pots, door mats and a parked pram or bike. Through this generosity in design and a deliberate limiting of front doors per walkway to only three or four, we hope to see a sense of community and character grow around the sunny, south-facing courtyard that they overlook.”

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