The existing building had suffered years of neglect, and the internal configuration prohibited redevelopment or refurbishment. By starting afresh, the new design enhances the local area and provides much-needed additional housing.
What We Propose
The roof form features gables to the front and rear, with slate tiles that complement the existing streetscape. This streetscape inspiration with a twist can be seen with a similar material palette in our Princes Road project, also in Buckhurst Hill.
Moderate levels of glazing, together with staggered front and back elevations, enhance the building’s stature and provide a changing shadow detail throughout the day.
At the rear, the garden is overlooked by glazed balconies – a contemporary feature that also floods the apartments with natural light.
Buckhurst Hill, Essex
995 square metres
Palmerston Road Design Features
- The materials (yellow stock brickwork, brick detailing and stone cornicing and cills) have been inspired by the surrounding buildings, but updated with contemporary features
- The apartment layouts are high quality, in keeping with the location. Emphasis is given to maximising available space and the clever location of windows to habitable rooms
- The windows have been designed so they don’t overlook neighbouring properties
- Careful attention to roof lines ensures the new block sits harmoniously between its two neighbours
- The front of the building provides car parking, but is softened by attractive landscaping
"Making full use of brownfield sites in urban areas is a planning priority, and this low-rise apartment building will enhance Buckhurst Hill's streetscape and provide high quality housing.
It's not a pastiche or copy of the surrounding buildings – it has its own identity. But we have worked hard to ensure that it still relates well to its surroundings, in terms of materials, design, detailing and scale."
Melanie Clear, Founder