Last month KSR Architects obtained planning permission for 101 Camley Street, an exciting 13 storey mixed use development adjacent to the King’s Cross development area and falling within the Regent’s Canal and King’s Cross conservation areas. The scheme comprises 131 apartments – 25% of which are affordable – 2,200 sqm of flexible commercial space and a range of amenity spaces for residents and the public.

The site occupies a pivotal location with a diversity of frontages which required a sensitive design response. To the north it fronts the Regent’s Canal and to the south St Pancras Gardens. The main residential access is from Camley Street to the east with a strong visual relationship to the King’s Cross development areas, and the commercial fronts Granary Street to the west, opposite the St Pancras Hospital site which is planned for redevelopment.

The scheme has been carefully designed to work together with the recently developed 103 Camley Street and 102 Camley Street which was granted permission at the same time. Together they form a ‘Gateway’ to the future Camley Street regeneration area. At the heart will be a vibrant public accessible amenity space, centred on the canal and providing bridge connection across the canal, access to the towpath and well landscaped relaxation areas for adults and children.

View further information and images of this project here.

Hampstead Lane external view

We have also recently been awarded planning permission for the renovation and extension of an existing 1920’s private house overlooking Hampstead Heath. The proposed conversion includes a sensitive retention of the existing arts and crafts front facade whilst creating a new rear facade in a more open contemporary style, incorporating arts and crafts features.

The new basement includes construction of a swimming pool and leisure facilities under newly landscaped gardens. By retaining the front facade and use of the existing materials palette and language, KSR designed the refurbishment to maintain the original character of this house within a conservation area. The result is a sophisticated yet relaxed 21st century family home.

It is interesting that despite current concerns expressed in the press surrounding house enlargement and basement extensions, especially by the Highgate Society, no objections to KSR’s proposals were received by Haringey to a planning proposal that tripled the size of the existing property.

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