The regeneration of the Grahame Park estate aims to create a new and thriving mixed tenure community in the north west of the borough. The masterplan which was adopted as supplementary planning guidance, creates 3,000 new mixed tenure homes, a range of community facilities, improved transport links and major upgrades to infrastructure. The layout is designed around three distinct character areas and traditional streets, creating an exemplary pedestrian and cycle friendly development that is highly sustainable and stitched in sensitivity to its urban London context. Following the development of the masterplan, Avanti developed a tranche of 1,080 homes with two other architect teams leading to the submission of a detailed planning application.
Avanti’s buildings are located on the most prominent and publicly visible part of the site that face an existing public park. 167 mixed tenure units are integrated across an urban block, with community and commercial space and a new health centre. The buildings employ a 7 storey mansion block typology combined with different forms of access to maximise daylight into the interior courtyard and dual aspect units. Along the park edge, the frontage is terminated with a higher 9-storey element. The additional height anchors the wider masterplan for the estate whilst also maximising development capacity. The scheme integrates car parking through the use of a raised podium which allows substantial capacity for cars (115 spaces) to be securely located at grade whilst also creating a communal residential outdoor amenity space above. At ground, the car parking is then concealed behind duplex units at the edge that have both a street face and private aspect onto the central landscaped courtyard behind.
Flagship regeneration of Barnet's largest housing estate
‘This new development will be an exemplar of sustainable medium-density estate regeneration, incorporating high standards of daylight, access to high-quality shared green amenity spaces and front doors onto streets.’
Adrian Miles, Director, Avanti Architects
Photographer Ståle Eriksen