London Borough of Barnet gives green light for 15 year estate transformation scheme
A team led by Jestico + Whiles has secured planning consent for the next phase of redevelopment of Grahame Park, the largest estate in the London Borough of Barnet, for Genesis Housing Association.
Jestico + Whiles, with Peter Barber Architects, Studio 54 Architecture and Novell Tullett as landscape architects were appointed in May 2008 following an RIBA design competition. Grahame Park, which was originally built by the Greater London Authority in the 1970s, is undergoing a radical rebuilding programme which will transform the estate over the next 15 years to provide 3,000 new homes and community facilities.
The second phase of the regeneration is on a key gateway site near Colindale tube station and will deliver 446 new homes, a library, community centre, housing office, cafe and supermarket. A new public square at the southernmost tip of Grahame Park will create an open and inviting gateway to the development.
The team’s scheme consists of six new buildings plus several infills to retained parts of the estate. Buildings to the north, east and west of the square will have community and retail uses at ground and first floor levels with one, two and three bedroom homes above. The southern side of the square will be defined by landscaping. The buildings to the north of the square will contain homes both for sale and for rent, and are stepped back in a gentle curve to define a new park. The north-south spine road links the square and park with new east-west routes replacing existing cul-de-sacs to connect this phase to the wider estate.
Work is expected to start on site in Spring 2012 with the first homes being ready for occupation in 2014. Planning consultant was Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners.