Shepheard Epstein Hunter
Location: Harlesden, London Borough of Brent
Status: Completed January 2016
Stonebridge Sites 22b and 24c was one of the last remaining parcels within the Stonebridge regeneration masterplan, originally prepared by Shepheard Epstein Hunter and Terence O'Rourke, to be completed. The form and massing of the scheme was carefully considered to ensure the buildings sit harmoniously with the earlier phases and the existing vehicular and pedestrian connections are reinforced, including a new vehicular route through the site improving connectivity.
Block 22b is composed of a 7-storey corner element connected to a row of 4-storey blocks that adjoin an existing taller scale corner block; the new and old tall blocks form book ends to the block and provide balance to the Hillside elevation. The frontage onto the open space is composed as a continuous surface that wraps round the corner onto Hillside and around the rear where it faces site 24c. The carefully selected red bricks smoothly turn the corner and recessed balconies are arranged randomly with the windows provide an attractive pattern of openings and deep voids across the facade.
The development provides 47 units in total (two buildings combined), of which five are wheelchair-adaptable. The scheme achieves 437 habitable rooms per hectare, which is within the range of the recommended London Plan density and has been designed to comply with the London Housing Design Guide, Lifetime Homes, Wheelchair Adaptable Housing, and the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.