Stamford Hill is a mixed-tenure development providing high-quality homes for the Jewish community. The project included the design and build of a six-storey building comprising 46 apartments and 22 four-storey townhouses.
The development incorporated a basement car park, plant and storage rooms, as well as 7,800 sq ft of office and retail space on the ground and first floors.
The development ranged in height from three to six-storeys and was constructed from an in situ concrete frame with piled foundations. The building’s envelope was a combination of facing bricks and timber cladding, completed with a pitched mansard roof and powder coated metal windows.
The development’s design addresses both the civic scale of Stamford Hill, the traditional London mansion buildings to the north and the terraced housing of the enclosing side streets.
Planning consent was originally obtained for the site by Stockwool Architects for 80 residential units along with a mix of office and retail uses. In order to respond to the needs of the local Jewish community, it was subsequently agreed that the number of units should be decreased to 68 in order to create larger, family-sized apartments.
This change in unit numbers and apartment layouts required a comprehensive redesign while working within the parameters of the existing planning consent. To ensure changes were successfully incorporated Tolent worked in close collaboration with ISA Architects throughout.
Working in a Residential Jewish Community
Construction by its very nature can be intrusive, especially when projects are ongoing and in predominately residential areas such as Stamford Hill. For this reason, Tolent ensured that there was effective communication with the local residents and stakeholders in order to create a mutual understanding.
As the project took place in a Jewish community, it was important to follow the Jewish calendar and Tolent worked sensitively to ensure the lifestyle of the community was not compromised throughout construction. This was achieved partly through accommodating local celebrations and festivities whilst also working reduced hours: Monday - Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-3pm with no work carried out on Saturdays or Sundays.