Plot 15, Brent Cross Town
Residential led mixed-use with neighbourliness at its core
Status: Planning approved
Location: Brent Cross, London
Brent Cross Town is a £5-billion, 180-acre neighbourhood being created by Argent Related and Barnet Council. This new park town will transform the area into an inclusive hub that will evolve to support the changing demands of London life in a post-Covid world.
CollaboratorsStructural engineer Ramboll
Environmental consultant Loop
Planning consultant DP9
MEP engineer Loop
Daylight consultants GIA
Cost consultant Arcadis
Transport consultant Steer
Fire consultant OFR
Acoustic consultant Suono
Plot 15 is a prominent site that overlooks Claremont Park, the landscaped heart of the development, and acts as a civic marker to the start of the residential neighbourhood.
The scheme comprises four buildings, providing a variety of tenures and a good spread of apartment types, from studio to three-bedroom. Strong focus is given to the residents’ journey, through a series of amenity spaces accessed from Claremont Park, including a generous lounge, garden kitchen, gym, cycle repair spaces and storage, all housed within a series of linked, timber-framed pavilions, set between each residential block.
The health and wellbeing of residents was a primary driver of the design, with a focus on light-filled apartments, natural cross ventilation, access to outdoor space, places to work from home, access to and views of greenery as well as communal amenities such as the gymnasium. Staircores and lifts are provided with natural light and ventilation.
The buildings are set within the wider, mixed-use masterplan and occupy an important corner of the residential neighbourhood. The buildings are designed to mitigate between office and cultural buildings in the civic centre, tapering the street character between commercial and residential.
‘The resident experience was at the forefront of our design, resulting in a carefully-orchestrated sequence of light and airy spaces, moving from exterior to interior. Views of the courtyard and the restful green of Claremont Park are framed throughout, and the courtyard spaces and communal stairs are an integral part of the journey to the apartments, contributing to a feeling of calm and also encouraging residents to take a more active route home.’
Externally, each building has a unique character, creating a sense of belonging for residents and defining a number of separate addresses.
Masonry is used predominantly, in conjunction with tinted concrete and reflective tiles, creating a lively composition of facade types, responding to both residential and commercial neighbours.
Internally, the apartments are compatible with Argent’s move towards Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) but take the basic product and develop it in a way that enhances the resident experience. This includes a view to the outside from your front door, cleverly configured living space and generous balconies that offer opportunities for urban gardening, daylight and views.
In keeping with many of the schemes that we have created on large London masterplans, including Kings Cross, Elephant and Castle and Battersea Power Station, our aim is for Plot 15 to set a standard for the rest of the area.