WATERMILL LANE, ADJACENT TO THE NORTH MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL IN THE LONDON BOROUGH OF ENFIELD, IS AN URBAN REGENERATION PROJECT THAT REPLACES THE EXISTING 1970'S CLUSTER ACCOMMODATION USED BY HOSPITAL STAFF. THE NEW APARTMENTS AND MEWS STYLE HOUSES PROVIDE A MIXTURE OF KEY WORKER ACCOMMODATION, SOCIAL RENT AND SHARED OWNERSHIP.
The masterplan maximises useable amenity space, with movement carefully channelled through the site, and each distinct neighbourhood area has clear character. With architecturally exciting housing and integrated landscaping, the project takes the form of an urban village, with a central square, play areas, pedestrian and cycle links and extensive planting.
Interlinked spaces of distinct but complementary character are formed between the three ‘finger blocks’ which vary in height, and a spine access road terminates at an arrival square that forms the heart of the scheme.
Many of the architectural elements are repetitive, to achieve economies of scale and enable modern methods of construction including on-situ concrete frame, insulated render, rain screen metal and Trespa cladding; pre-fabricated and pre-assembled bolt-on balconies and internal metal stud and dry lining plasterboard walling.
With green roofs, SUDS and high performance building fabric, the development has large areas of terraces and balcony space to increase potential for wider biodiversity appeal.
As a flagship development, there is also an on-site office for Origin Housing.
Shortlisted for Best Affordable Housing Sunday Times New
Homes Awards 2013