White Lodge – Contemporary Residential Development
A development of 12 new apartments in Camden has commenced on site following a successful planning application in 2015. The site lies between Hampstead’s West End Green and the Redington Frognal Conservation Area, and includes the neighbouring Grade 2 listed St Andrew’s Church.
The site’s unsuccessful planning history and the challenges it presents were resolved by Douglas and King working closely with the client, local authority, and residents in the neighbourhood.
The new building’s roofline echoes that of the Church with it’s double-height pitched roofs and affords a sympathetic backdrop to one of the Church’s most notable features, a memorial WW1 stained glass window designed by the Scottish architect, Douglas Strachan.
The proportions and façade of the Church played a vital role in our design considerations as did the typologies of the area. We created a grid from the façade that informed the massing and setting out of the new structure. The local context has been respectfully re-defined by giving the new building a light masonry finish.
Individual apartments have been designed and fitted out to a high specification complimented by 21st Century Smart technology. The living spaces maximise natural daylight and privacy.
The grounds surrounding the new development have been extended by 40m2 and our landscape design successfully combines the existing mature planting with new to encourage bio-diversity and a private recreational area.
Our client has previously commissioned Douglas and King to work on commercial development projects in Shoreditch and Hackney, and to contemporise sensitive residential sites in Hampstead and Highgate.
The landscaping has been an important feature of the proposal, a design that has involved retaining mature gardens, encouraging bio-diversity and creating a valuable amenity and recreation space of the new residents.