Residents were very much engaged with the development project
Contract value: £50m
GIA: 24,800 m²
Cost per m²: £2,016
Kings Crescent is a local authority-led development for new and refurbished housing on an original estate that was half-demolished in 2000. Housing that remained has been upgraded with large balconies and winter gardens and the old garages have been converted into new flats. Residents of the estate were very much engaged with the development project and were able to remain in their homes throughout the work.
The masterplan allowed for new connections and permeable spaces: three courtyards with very different emphases, from contemplation to play; a gardening club; and an intelligently furnished interior ‘play street’. The three new brick-clad blocks vary in height from 5-12 storeys, creating a visual family. Brick, concrete, steel and timber provide a simple palette, the brickwork containing subtle art deco detailing with timber on the balconies and in lobbies. The dual aspect entrances are light and airy, allowing views through to courtyards and shared amenities which give a sense of delight and intrigue while timber-framed shop fronts sit well at street level.