Hoborn estate regeneration plas triumph at London Architecture Awards

Plans for the £20million regeneration of the Tybalds Estate in Holborn have won two awards at the 2013 New London Architecture Awards, which recognises high quality design and architecture in the capital. As well as winning the masterplanning and mixed use category, the project was one of two named as overall winner.

The London Borough of Camden will develop the new housing directly. Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design led the design proposals and coordinated the masterplan across the site as a whole, as well as being the planning consultant responsible for helping to deliver the planning consent. The masterplan includes buildings by three architecture practices: Avanti Architects, Duggan Morris Architects and Mæ Architects. The landscape architect is Camlins. Kim Sangster Associates is the cost consultant, employers agent and project manager.

The Tybalds Estate sits between Theobald’s Road and Great Ormond Street Hospital, close to Queens Square. lt comprises 360 homes in nine residential blocks built in the 1950’s and 1960’s across a 2.3 ha (5.7 acre) site, owned and managed by Camden Council.

The plans will bring new affordable and private homes to the area, increasing the supply of family housing, and improving the surrounding public realm and community space. They include:

  • Providing 93 new homes in new buildings, and side, rooftop and underbuild extensions to existing blocks. 68 will be affordable homes.
  • Significantly improving the public realm, landscape and open spaces within and around the estate, including new courtyards and new granite paved urban square. The amount of useable open space will be increased by around 12%.
  • Improvements to the two existing community spaces on the estate. Overall there will be a 21% increase in community floorspace.
  • Creating a new street and shared surfaces areas, as well as reorganising vehicular access.
  • New combined heat and power (CHP) systems for estate.
  • Improvements to existing residential blocks, with new brick overcladding and insulation to replace the grey corrugated metal cladding added 20 years ago to the ends of a number of blocks and staircases.
  • A contribution to the Council’s Community Investment Strategy (CIP) that will be used to improve a range of housing, community facilities and schools within the borough.

Hilary Satchwell, Director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, said:

“These awards show the difference that good masterplanning can make to existing communities and places, and that urban densification doesn’t need to mean being crammed in. Design quality has been a clear objective of this project from the start, recognising that people need high quality homes in mixed tenure environments that will endure.

“The Tybalds proposals have been developed collaboratively by the design team as part of a very positive process that clearly shows working together can achieve better outcomes than working separately. The inclusion of several architectural styles has worked especially well because the project has had to knit together the Georgian brick terraces of the surrounding streets and the brick and concrete 1960’s tower blocks of the estate. It is great that a scheme of this intricacy that deals with a number of social as well as design and sustainability issues has been recognised in this way.”

Avanti Architects has designed the proposals for the extensions and additions to existing post-war buildings on the estate. Duggan Morris Architects and Mæ Architects are responsible for a number of standalone new build blocks and additions on underused open areas within the estate that seek to create a coherent and well-structured urban form and reintroducing active street frontages.

Amir Ramezani, Director at Avanti Architects said:

“The densification of inner city residential estates in London presents complex and intricate challenges for architects and it is wonderful to see this tightly knit scheme being recognised by the judges.”

Joe Morris, Director of Duggan Morris Architects, said:

“The plans seek to create a series of unified streets and captured urban spaces, encouraging views and routes through, with the key urban design responses centred on making an environmentally and architecturally rich ‘Place’. In short we are aiming for an architecture that is contemporary but sensitive to context; a desire to make the most of what is there to create materially rich and beautifully made buildings which are socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable.”

Alex Ely, Partner at mæ, said:

“The success of this project has been the result of a strong collaborative approach and having a client committed to high design quality. Their dedication to design builds on Camden’s excellent heritage from the Sydney Cook era. We are delighted with the recognition from the NLA.”

The proposals will be delivered in four phases and will take around 3-4 years to complete. The application does not propose the demolition or redevelopment of any existing homes on the estate.

The project was granted planning consent in June 2013 and is now being tendered through OJEU with a start on site expected in spring 2014.