Client: Brent City Council
Completion: Phase 1 2021
Unity Place forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration. It replaces 1960s and 70s social housing, currently providing 209 dwellings, with 235 affordable homes, a community hub and an energy centre to serve the 1.3ha site and the wider South Kilburn Estate.
The scheme is oriented around a reinstated route to the Grade I Listed St Augustine’s Church. The massing re-establishes the historic street plan in a series of connected communal and public gardens to create a green sequence of spaces from Cambridge Gardens to Carlton Vale, which includes a new high-quality public play space that serves the local community.
The design adopts a modern mansion block typology that extends the scale and language of new developments in the South Kilburn Estate to establish an urban character consistent with the historical context.
With buildings ranging in scale between 4 and 8 storeys and frequent doors onto the street, a sense of urban domesticity is created that was lacking in the existing towers.
By creating a coherent urban block, strongly defined streetscapes and active frontages, Gloucester House and Durham Court restores the character and scale of this London neighbourhood and demonstrates how an appropriate level of density can be achieved in London without building above an eight-storey height.
The development was led by FCBStudios with blocks also designed by Alison Brooks Architects and Gort Scott Architects. Landscape and Public Realm was designed by Grant Associates.
Consultant Architect: Alison Brooks Architects
Consultant Architect: Gort Scott
Landscape Architect: Grant Associates
Energy Consultant: Biodiversity by Design
Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment: Buro Happold
Wind Assessment: Buro Happold
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Civic Engineer: Buro Happold
M&E Engineer: Buro Happold
Flood Risk Assessment: Buro Happold
Daylight & Sunlight: Buro Happold
Quantity Surveyor: Sweett (UK) Ltd
CDMC: Sweett (UK) Ltd