Tottenham Lane, N8
Crouch End, London Planning 26 Flats & Commercial Space Residential Development
Tottenham Lane is a busy high-street in Crouch End. The site is currently occupied by a 1960s workshop that has been used for vehicle repair. As part of an expansion to the high street, the site presents a challenging urban infill opportunity.
The design creates a mixed-use scheme incorporating a reconfigured vehicle repair garage and new retail unit fronting the street, with 26 residential flats above. The four-storey development has been designed to mitigate any impact on the neighbours, with a stepping rear and side profile to the T-shaped plan.
Within the streetscene, the front elevation is critical in stitching together the existing gaps in the urban grain, between Victorian terraces, 1960s developments and more contemporary additions. The mixed-use scheme is designed to look and feel residential and domestic, with use of a similar brick and a traditional vernacular of columns and levels to the facade being contrasted with more contemporary metal-panels used to clad expressed winter gardens. This is a contemporary translation of the historic and existing street to create a highly-contextual design.
The vehicle workshop is enclosed in a self-contained box at the rear of the site, providing acoustic protection to the neighbours and future occupants, with a separate pedestrian and vehicular circulation for the residential units. The flats have all been designed to exceed the London Plan and Building Regulation minimums, each with their own private amenity space.