2002 - 2010
This development has created a new urban quarter within the Barnsbury Conservation Area, seamlessly combining old and new buildings, and luxury with affordable homes. It demonstrates how good design attracts buyers even in an uncertain market: the private market homes achieved top values for the area and nearly all sold out within six months of the launch in June 2010.
Three imposing Victorian school buildings form the nucleus of an intricate series of landscaped courtyards, formed by new apartments and town houses. Contemporary houses have become a rarity in inner London, and these have proved immensely popular. The site is closely overlooked by neighbouring residents: it required ingenuity, and patient engagement with the community, to negotiate planning permission and realise the full development potential.
The existing buildings have been carefully restored, along with the boundary walls and gateways. Interior features have also been retained, and new galleries preserve the integrity of the double-height spaces and lofty windows.
Barnsbury Place contains 36 affordable homes and 104 for sale, with a total development value of £56 million.
- Islington Society Award 2012
- Evening Standard Award 2011