Charlton & Albany London 2021–

Designed for Passivhaus certification, the 209 homes are 100% affordable. 95% of homes are dual or triple aspect, with form factor, orientation and embodied carbon optimised to create exemplary sustainable architecture.

Charlton & Albany belongs to a tradition of modest architecture that carefully combines efficiency and an economy of means with well-constructed buildings.

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    High levels of insulation and air tightness combine with durable masonry cladding and finishes
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    A series of courtyard and rooftop gardens are connected by a new pedestrian passage set within a public realm distinguished by the many retained mature London Plane trees
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    Our scheme replaces an island of 1960s development with a new contiguous and connected piece of city
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    Ground floor plan in its Brentford context, close to the confluence of the Rivers Thames and Brent, and the Grand Union Canal
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    Model of Block B, designed by Henley Halebrown, and Block E, also referred to as the ‘Pavilion’, designed by nimtim
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    Model of Block C (Henley Halebrown) and Block D (ZCD)
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    External structures offer a parity between a life indoors and one outdoors
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    Walls are framed by loggias and galleries, creating open-air circulation and generous terraces for residents. The steelwork is chosen and detailed for future demountability and reuse
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    Reinstating the historic high street frontage
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    The gardens and new pedestrian streets are linked by a third, quieter, east-west passage
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    The courtyards are “cut open” on their southern edge to admit sunlight to the gardens
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    The 6 and 7-storey perimeter brick walls shaping the great outdoor rooms are lined with galleries which serve both as circulation to, and private terraces for, the homes
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    Charlton & Albany seen from Albany Road
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    The new “Charlton & Albany” belongs to a tradition of modest urban domestic architecture that carefully combines efficiency with well-constructed buildings
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    At street level, maisonettes face residential streets, and shops and businesses face the high street and the north-south streets
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    The heights balance impact on neighbouring streets and buildings, with the quality of the new public realm, gardens and homes
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    Three new urban blocks each frame a courtyard garden – one at first floor level
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    Three new urban blocks each frame a courtyard garden – one at first floor level


  • Appointment: 2021
  • Sustainable credentials: Passivhaus
  • Client: London Borough of Hounslow
  • Architect: Henley Halebrown
  • Architect: nimtim architects
  • Architect: ZCD Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Landscape Projects
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Services Engineer, Sustainability & Acoustics: Max Fordham
  • Zero Carbon: Targeting Zero
  • Daylight & Sunlight Consultant: Waldrams
  • Transport: Vectos
  • Fire: Astute
  • Ecology: Temple Group
  • Air Quality: AQ
  • Wind and Microclimate: GIA
  • Arboriculture: TMA
  • CDM: Sweco
  • Planning Consultant: Knight Frank
  • Heritage and Townscape: Montagu Evans
  • Environmental Impact: Trium
  • Community Engagement: Your Shout / ZCD
  • Photographer: Ståle Eriksen


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