On Thursday 22nd January 2015, The London Borough of Camden’s Planning Committee unanimously approved Cullinan Studio’s designs for the redevelopment of Maitland Park Estate, Gospel Oak, to provide 112 dwellings, a new Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TRA) Hall and landscaping improvements to the central park.
The Estate, built in the 1930s with successive waves of development until the 1980s, is set within a mature landscape.
The redevelopment focuses on two key sites: Grafton Terrace consisting of the existing TRA Hall with adjacent garages; and the Aspen House site containing Aspen House, a gym and garages.
Extensive consultation was undertaken with the residents of the estate, the wider community and the Planning department, to arrive at the current proposals.
Our scheme repairs the Victorian street frontage to Grafton Terrace with a combination of a four-storey town house and four to five-storey flats. A new TRA hall is located to the corner to overlook the park and provide a gateway to the estate. The centre, with a dedicated community garden, will be run as an enterprise by the TRA and will house a large sub-dividable function room, bookable meeting/teaching spaces and a café at its heart – providing a hub for locals.
At the suggestion of residents, we pursued a proposal that replaces Aspen House, a nine-storey 1970’s slab block, as well as the gym and garages, to allow better density on the site. They will be replaced by a five-storey courtyard building (Aspen House), fronted with a five to six-storey mansion block to the park. The courtyard, taking its cue from surrounding precedents, will provide a communal landscape of flowering trees and areas to sit and play, for the benefit of all the Estate.
The new developments form part of Camden’s Community Investment Programme. Based on floor area, they will offer 53% private/47% social rented units in a mix of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties, meeting an identified housing need within Camden
New boundary treatments to gardens that back onto the park, landscape improvements to the area adjacent to the Grafton Terrace site, as well as a new multi-use games area will enhance the Estate’s parkland setting.
The new developments are principally a series of highly insulated brick buildings sharing common details and forms across the two sites. Cullinan Studio is exploring the use of cross-laminated timber for the main structure.