This project involved the demolition of the existing building at No. 217 Queensbridge Road and the redevelopment of the site to provide a five-storey residential development of 9 apartments. This provided 1x4bed, 5x3bed and 3x2bed apartments. Ashdown Cottage Multi brick is used in keeping with the character of the immediately surrounding buildings.
This is almost identical to the previously approved brick. It is a good quality mellow red. This warm colour will be contrasted with a light grey brick band. The idea is that this will introduce a light coloured horizontal banding in keeping with the banding on Belford and Orme House beside and behind. The top floor is set back from the front, and as with the approved scheme, is in metal cladding to make it “disappear” into the skyline, and have a lightweight feel.
All the rooms are spacious, and easily meet good-practise light standards, including the basement rooms. There is a generous allowance of storage space in every flat. The whole building is to be 2 and three bedroom flats, those on the ground and basement having outside space, and all the others have balconies. The top flat has a roof terrace.
Generally it is proposed to divide the floor-plates into two units – one facing east and one west, and where larger flats are proposed at ground/basement, providing a “scissor” plan so that the flat benefit from east and west aspects.
The site was applied for as a car free development as the new Haggerston Overground Station is less than half a mile away to the west so it has good transport links. London Fields railway station is approximately 1km to the northeast and Cambridge Heath railway station 1km to the southeast. All provide links to Central London with up to 4 trains per hour to Liverpool Street station and up to 4 trains per hour to Enfield Town or Cheshunt.