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Islington Housing Competition

Residential / Large

Location: Islington, London, UK

Size:  14 Residential Units (affordable housing)

Designed: 2010

Area:  1306m²

Contract Value: £2,900,000 (estimated)

Performance:  CSH Code Level 5 / UK PassivHaus


Islington Housing Design Competition was a competition to design between 8 and 20 affordable / keyworker housing units on a site in north London. The site is a current carpark with garages located between St Thomas’s Road and Prah Road south of Vaudeville Court a 9 storey tower block.

MKA’s design response was to create a 4 storey environmentally responsive courtyard mews development. The design drew on the size, scale and massing of the existing terraced housing in the area to produce a new contemporary, community-focused, social housing scheme.

The housing units have been arranged to ensure that the area of circulation within each unit is minimised. Fire escape stairwells have been located between each group of 4 housing units to ensure safe access whilst ensuring no fire compartmented stairwell is required and high levels of natural daylight are achieved within each unit.

The period vernacular materials in the area are buff brick, white painted stonework, white painted sash windows and plain tiled roofs. MKA propose a ground floor level brick plinth (approximately 3m high), to match existing, to provide a robust ground floor interface and help to bed the project within its context, with white rendered walls and high-performance aluminium/timber combi windows.

The scheme has been designed to achieve a benchmarked Code for Sustainable Homes standard of Code 5 with an emphasis on energy efficiency, the use of low environmental impact materials, water conservation, health & wellbeing, waste management, ecology and biodiversity.