East designed a new landmark residential led mixed-use scheme at the Kodak site in Harrow Council, as part of the wider Harrow View East development. The triangular site and prominent location at the entrance to a new green route through the site called for a building of presence, offering the chance to create a distinctive building that brings public spaces close to its edges. Set around a shared podium space, three five sided towers, at 6, 8 and 14 storeys, contain 127 units and a health centre.
The site for the new building is located in the London Borough of Harrow, and sits in the north west corner of the borough in close proximity to Harrow and Wealdstone town centre. The design follows East’s long term involvement in the area. Four years ago East drew up an Area Action Plan for Harrow Council, aimed at helping to guide regeneration across Harrow and Wealdstone, and East have also worked over the last three years alongside a range of other architects and developers to help steer proposals within an urban and public realm framework.
Since then East have been working closely with London & Quadrant on the next phase of the works and East’s residential development and health centre along Headstone Drive, submitted for planning permission in August, is one of the most prominent buildings in the wider re-development of the Kodak Factory site in Harrow.
This scheme will deliver 127 residential units, including 17 family sized 3 bed units (of which 3 are maisonettes), and 12 wheelchair accessible units. A new health centre will provide state of the art, on-the-door access to health care for the development, as well as for wider Harrow. The health centre will be positioned to form the new public face for the development along Headstone Drive.
On an urban scale, the brick and concrete building responds to the ‘in-the-round’ nature of the freestanding plots situated at the Western edge of the Green Link, providing a suitable contrast to the more linear grain established on the eastern edge. Architecturally, the building has a unique identity, yet it is also designed to tie in closely with the scale, identity and materiality of the emerging development and the larger landscape which they all share.
Three taller parts of the building; at 6, 8 and 14 storeys, are located at the corners of the triangular footprint, allowing choices of views, light and a sense of openness as you move around the building. A green and playable podium space offers alternative entrances for residents, and a generous shared amenity space. Each unit is located within a pentagonal block providing double aspect views, light and ventilation to the living and kitchen spaces within all flats. A mix of portrait and landscape windows within the main living space to further provide a variety of visual connections with the outdoors.
The pentagon balconies gently press into the form of the building creating a sense of the amenity space being an extension of the room. The inverted bay form also adds to the characterful nature of the rooms, naturally dividing the living spaces into usable cooking and living areas. Three maisonettes line the western edge of Green Link. These units have individual front doors accessed from the Green Link and also open out onto the podium through a private amenity space. They also benefit from having pop-up stair access to a private roof garden.
Client: Housing Association L&Q
Project status: A planning application has been submitted in 2018