Claredale Street
Designing for a Vibrant Neighbourhood Addressing the Failings of a 1960’s Slab Block The project occupies the site of Bradley House, an 8 storey slab block that failed socially and structurally 20 years ago. The first phase of the estate was completed in the 1990’s on the Connett House site in the style of pastiche ‘Victorian’ housing. The Claredale Street site lies to the north of this. The Claredale Street site is bounded by Keeling House, the 1960’s designed Grade II Listed housing tower by Denys Lasdun. To the west is the Mansford Estate; a combination of 4-6 storey blocks fronting Mansford Street. To the north and south east are Victorian and Interwar factory buildings fronting Hackney Road and Claredale Street. Designing for the Silent Majority The client, Tower Hamlets Community Housing, is committed to building high quality homes and neighbourhoods, creating better places for the disadvantaged and marginalised to live safely. Ensuring new homes and communities in such areas are socially sustainable is a complex task, often with conflicting issues of viability, tenure, house type, resident needs and planning/ housing policies. Overall the scheme provides 77 new homes of mixed tenure, 40 of which are family homes. In collaboration with THCH, Karakusevic Carson set out to reach and gain feedback from the entire resident group. This enabled a detailed picture of the needs of the entire community to emerge and from this, a rigorous brief and design was developed. Working with the Existing Fabric Karakusevic Carson believes the need to establish a coherent and vibrant urban design strategy is paramount in integrating a new development with the established community. The Claredale Street scheme includes a range of new public, shared and private spaces which help to activate Mansford Street and reconnect Teesdale Street into the existing fabric. These spaces include a pedestrian friendly public space fronted by family houses and maisonettes that frame the landscaped courtyards and creates a permeability and transparency across the site. Conceived as an urban block with inhabited edges, the Claredale Street scheme reinstates the grain of the pre-existing Victorian terraces that characterise the wider area. This provides continuity to the street line while allowing variety through the introduction of a range of housing types, public space, shared courtyards and private amenity space at the centre of the scheme. Reconciling the Needs of the Community and Ensuring Project Viability A wide range of dwelling types were developed and refined to respond to the needs of the community. These included several for larger families and also new homes for residents over the age of 60 moving from larger Council Homes. The design studies explored the viability of social mix, house type and site density and looked at how these could work with the desire for more public, shared and private space that the modernist configuration failed to provide. The scheme has the same level of accommodation as the former Bradley House but delivers a very different solution in terms of housing type, townscape, safety and hopefully, in extending a sense of community. Brief Details of the Project: • The new proposal responds closely to the underlying urban grain of the area and reinstates the original street pattern • The scheme was designed to ECO Homes ‘Very Good’ standard and utilises renewable energy and centralised plant • Shared spaces at the heart of the scheme provide opportunity for informal communal interaction • The scheme meets the needs of English Heritage and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Conservation Officers and positions the tallest building away from Keeling House

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