The project will deliver a contemporary mews containing both houses and apartments framing a new pedestrian and cycle link in Wood Green and revives access to a nearby recreation ground.
Gaining unanimous consent this week, the scheme aims to rejuvenate a collection of warehouses between Crawley Road and Downhills Way for developer Frankum Mews Limited by providing a mews terrace of ten houses and 19 apartments in two separate blocks. The project will open up access through the site that was lost during the commercial development of the area between WWI and WWII. The renewed access is designed to connect to Green Grid links between Wood Green and Tottenham through Lordship Recreation Ground for cyclists and pedestrians.
Differing accommodation typologies across the site include three and four bedroom terraced houses, one-bedroom apartments and family apartments of two, three and four bedrooms. The apartments have been designed with multi-aspect views and full height windows to maximise light with access to a private balcony or roof terrace and shared cycle storage. Both affordable and fully accessible accommodation is provided.
The houses each have walk-out terraces to the rear of the properties at upper floor level, private south-facing amenity spaces, timber fronted ground floor garages and cycle storage areas. At the front of the terrace, small pockets of planting softens the built form and provides a semi-private threshold that also steers vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians away from the frontage of residents’ homes.
The scheme was developed in close consultation with the Local Authority via Pre-application and Quality Review Panel consultations. On awarding planning consent, Haringey Council Design Officer noted: ‘This is a high quality design, simple, straightforward and robust, that promises to provide a range of much needed, good quality residential accommodation. More importantly though, it provides a vital new pedestrian and cycle link through the site, opening up greater permeability, better access for local residents to the facilities of Lordship Rec and increasing the attractiveness of active (pedestrian and cycle) travel options.’
The industrial area between Crawley Road and Downhills Way was once occupied by Barber, Wilson & Co who built the first factory on the site in 1899 and expanded throughout the locality during the first and second world wars. Architecture 519 has designed the masterplan for the wider Barber Wilson site with the initial residential development set to activate further opportunities for planned residential and commercial projects adjacent to the mews. The original Barber Wilson factory is of local and historical importance and will be retained as part of the ongoing development of the site.
The appearance of the first apartment block is influenced by the adjacent Barber Wilson building in the rhythm of its horizontal fenestration as well as the integration of smaller size window apertures. The development will be predominantly finished in buff brickwork with recessed and patterned brick side panels to windows, grey horizontal feature banding to the second apartment block and grey metal balconies and window frames. The terraces are designed with dual-pitched roofs with pressed metal roof coping to reference the industrial nature of the site. Shared surface materials are complementary and create a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment.