Prowse Court and Lord Graham Mews represents an exemplary development vehicle increasingly becoming popular for local authorities wishing to kick start regeneration.
Completed in July 2015, this project has furthered our understanding of regeneration. From achieving strategic planning goals, attracting a developer and making designs marketable to homeowners and commercial tenants, we know what will work in different contexts. At Prowse Court and Lord Graham Mews, we showed that we can create appropriate new identities and emphasise place making. We know how to control density to heighten the drama of the public realm and create intimacy and defensibility in private areas. Similarly, we can manipulate mass and scale to produce landmarks, define site edges and assemble the theatre of townscape.
The redevelopment reinforces the high street by replacing the existing shops with new, better serviced units, and by aligning the residential block along the street edge and making a dramatic contribution to the townscape. At the same time, the orientation of the flatted block will be improved from east-west to north-south to optimize solar gain and improve daylighting. To the rear we are introducing new, energy efficient (Code 4) houses to complete the suburban, Victorian fabric that was disrupted by the 60s development. Overall the scheme consists of 118 residential units of which 22 are houses. The scheme also features a health centre and a new community facility.
Through a tender process, Enfield selected Countryside as the preferred Contractor to whom we were novated. The scheme used BIM for coordination of design and subsequent delivery.
Located in an area of social and economic deprivation, the site interfaces with both a town centre high street and streets of modest terrace houses. The scheme seeks to make a positive statement of regeneration through a distinctive architectural form and a responsive urban site planning approach.
“Prowse Court represents the first physical manifestation of the regeneration of Angel Edmonton. The objective from the outset was the delivery of a landmark building; the design by Hawkins\Brown not only exceeds this objective but the inclusion of essential health and community facilities will mean that Prowse Court will be a real focus for the whole community.”
Peter George Programme Director, Enfield Council