Mint Street

London

calfordseaden was appointed on this new build residential development, consisting of 67 mixed tenure apartments to replace a single storey of light industrial units and a car park.

The new accommodation is ‘tenure blind’ and provides double glazed winter gardens that provide an extra layer of sound insulation and a tastefully landscaped caged communal garden. The scheme is seen as a template for future developments and provides 27 units for social rent, 17 for shared ownership and 23 for market rent. The units are in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom flats spread across 7 storeys.

Delivering this scheme on time and to budget could hardly have been more challenging considering the location of the site alongside a noisy, curving railway viaduct and derelict arches in the heart of the East End. The development replaces former industrial units and a car park. The new building curves in relation to the existing railway lines whilst the upper level of the building is recessed, creating terraces to the top floor apartments, which offer expansive views of the city skyline.

This is one of the first schemes in London to deliver affordable rented housing under the affordable rent model, a government initiative introduced in 2012.

Awards

New London Awards ‘Housing’ category 2014, RIBA London Regional Award 2015, First Time Buyer Readers Award for Best Architectural Design and Best Medium Development (Shortlisted) 2015, The Sunday Times British Homes Awards Affordable Housing Category (Shortlisted) 2014, The National Housing Awards for Best Design (Shortlisted) 2014, Housing Design Completed Scheme Award 2014, Housing Excellence Best New Affordable Housing Scheme Award (Shortlisted) 2014.