We were appointed by Metropolitan Housing Trust to develop a site on the boundary between Islington and Hackney at the corner of Bridport Place and Wiltshire Row, adjacent to the Regent’s Canal and Rosemary Branch Bridge.
Our scheme, granted planning permission, provides 32 high-quality new homes (50% affordable) with 10% wheelchair accessible apartments in a range of sizes. Our design strategy reinforces and defines the street frontage, extending the adjacent building lines to form a corner with an active frontage.
Given the small site footprint (427sqm), we maximized the number of homes on the site by increasing the building height to 11 stories, rising to celebrate the corner and falling away to the south, responding to the height of Bridport House. The height of the building allows homes to capitalise on the wonderful views of the canal and the city. The tower is carefully designed so as to respond to the characteristics of the existing and emerging townscape. The elevation is ‘carved’ away to the north to respond to the new axis created within the Colville Estate Masterplan. A frame element at the top of the building defines the building profile at its highest level. Each apartment benefits from a generously sized balcony. The building will be clad in brick with the texture and colour selected to reflect the surrounding buildings in a contemporary way.