We have developed designs for two sites within Maitland Park Estate; Aspen House and Grafton Terrace; to provide 120 dwellings, a Tenants and Residents' (TRA) Hall and landscaping improvements to the central park.
The Estate, built in the 1930s with successive waves of development until the 1980s, is set within a mature landscape. The Grafton Terrace site currently houses the existing TRA Hall and some dilapidated garages. Our scheme repairs the Victorian street frontage with a combination of four to six-storey flats and four-storey townhouses. These will offer both social rented and low cost home ownership tenure. A new hall, with a dedicated community garden, will be run as an enterprise by the TRA. The centre will house a sub-dividable function room, bookable meeting/teaching spaces, and a cafe at its heart to provide a hub for locals. New boundary treatments to the back gardens that front the park, as well as traffic calming works to the main road through the Estate will enhance its park setting.
The Aspen House site involves the demolition of an existing nine-storey 1970s slab block, a 1930s gym and run-down single-storey garages. In their place we have designed a five-storey courtyard building fronted with a five to six-storey mansion block to the park. Here the tenure will be around an equal mix of private and social rented. The courtyard will provide a communal territory landscaped with Cherry trees, areas to sit and to play, for the benefit of all the residents. Flats, stairs and lift cores open off this this space to increase activity and supervision at ground level.
Principally a series of brick buildings that share common details and forms across the two sites, we are exploring the use of cross-laminated timber for the main structure. The scheme will aim to achieve Passivhaus principles for its energy performance.