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New River Village

London

New River Village

The regeneration of the Thames Water pump station site has been considered since the late 1990s when an application was turned down for 200 cul-de-sac units. A new proposal by developer St James Homes and architects Stock Woolstencroft has fulfilled the requirement for a high-density scheme with a high quality contemporary design.

Planning permission was granted for 463 units in 2002 and this was later revised to provide a total of 622 units. The scheme is a mix of 1-4 bed affordable, shared ownership and market sale units in 7 main blocks up to 7 storeys high. The 1901 listed pump house has been refurbished as a restaurant bar, with a gymnasium attached, and separate gallery and with an artist in residence.

The main spine of the site runs parallel with the waterway/rail lines and a fall of 8m across the site has been used to create two levels of underground parking. A compromise was found between housing density, building mass and public space resulting in a 450m, 2 hectare linear park with wide walkways and cycle ways that connect Hornsey High Street to Wood Green and Alexandra Palace, helping to integrate with existing communities.

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Key information

Location

London

Region

London

Awards

2006 winner