Completed in April 2018, Phase 1a of the Agar Grove masterplan delivers 38 social rented homes, cross-subsidised by future private sale phases with the budget for the first phase at £9m.
The predominantly brick and reconstituted stone façade materials used throughout the redevelopment are complementary to the surrounding context. Textured brickwork is used to express a plinth as well as tops and edges. Decorative metalwork is used to give expression to doors and, balustrades alongside vertically hung solar shading fins by Contrasol and colour to the balconies. Stone banding gives depth and detail to the street elevation and a quality finish to the full width balconies.
A two-storey plinth expresses the band of maisonettes and double height communal entrances lining the street. This ensures no bedrooms are on the ground floor and gives passive surveillance from waist height kitchen windows. A large majority of the apartments are dual aspect, with living spaces benefitting from the South-facing aspect, a balcony running the full width of the façade and panoramic views of central London from the middle levels and above. Natural light and open spaces make the homes feel welcoming and spacious. Double height communal entrances offer a direct view through the building to the residents’ garden on entering. Stairwells and corridors are naturally lit and ventilated, with a touch of colour and pattern.
“The Agar Grove Estate is a great example of how estate regeneration should be done: helping existing residents play an active role in shaping the future of their neighbourhood and ensuring the development works both for them and for future residents.”