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Ten new high-end detached family homes set behind a gated entrance, adjacent to a tranquil country park and on Green Belt land with panoramic views across the capital.
Sitting on a Green Belt site with spectacular views across North London in the village of Stanmore, this development occupies the northern end of a Country Park. HUB have taken this project from second stage Planning to final completion. After extensive research of the local vernacular and with respect for the Arts and Crafts heritage of the local Architecture, HUB developed a set of details that enabled the 10 new-build houses to integrate sensitively in to the local landscape. Each house is unique and with careful articulation of the internal spaces these cottages offer spacious and high spec homes. Working closely with Pindoria Associates (engineers) and Signia Developments, Hub developed open steel frame sections to maximise the available space on the upper floors. The frames enabled pitched ceilings to be opened to ridge level, while storage solutions were created under eaves. The internal layout was fully considered in detail for each house at an early stage to enable seamless routing of services, ventilation and cooling. This ensured that opportunities were not missed.
Chesnut House was selected as the show-home. The furniture layouts, mechanical layouts, kitchen and bathroom designs and lighting plans were all considered at the earliest stages, alongside the structural decision making. This enabled the design team to seamlessly integrate services, providing a high specification house with minimal floor build up and retaining floor-space. At the same time they were able to meet the Code Level 3 for Sustainable Homes and accessibility standards for Life Time Homes.
HUB Interiors developed a range of materials that combine natural stone, leather and timber with contemporary finishes, glass, lacquer and porcelain, giving the Show house a light and airy glamour. The elements are all tied together with a carefully controlled colour palette, combining elegance with comfort.
Spatially, the ground floor axis run uninterrupted to the sides of the house through glazed double doorways. This creates vistas with key elements, a fireplace, a dining table and the family room all visible from the central hall. In this way light is bounced across the central hall throughout the day.
HUB developed numerous sections in order to understand every possible corner of the first floor, enabling the bedrooms and bathrooms to utilise every spare corner of the eaves. Care was taken to design profiles for uplighting the sloped bedroom ceilings and flattened ceiling zones were located to house cooling systems and provide lighting opportunities for wardrobe area.
The development was Highly Commended in the shortlist for the Best Small New Housing Development in the LABC’s 2016 Building Excellence Awards.