Taylor Court & Chatto Court London 2013–2021

This is one of two schemes, commissioned by Hackney Council, for new mixed tenure housing along with public realm and landscape improvements on infill sites on the edge of the post war Frampton Park Estate.

The scheme consists of three 5-storey villas similar in area to the existing villas opposite. The middle one is situated symmetrically between two existing linear blocks of flats, allowing visual and physical connections between the new courtyard that the scheme creates and the street.


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    Taylor Court, west facing loggia – The grouping and massing of the new housing blocks negotiate between the contrasting urban conditions of the post-war estate and the Victorian street, repairing the urban fabric in a way that extends the public realm
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    Chatto Court (foreground) & Taylor Court (background) – Five-storey buildings with street-level townhouses on the two lower floors, with the upper storeys housing lateral apartments on the piano nobile and duplex maisonettes above
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    Frampton Park Estate, planometric – Located some 300m apart along Well Street from Wilmott Court, Taylor Court and Chatto Court rise from the empty site of the previously demolished Frampton Arms pub
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    Chatto Court (foreground), Taylor Court (background)
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    Taylor Court, loggia – Loggias are composed of precast concrete columns and balcony units, which in turn support brick walls and create open-air circulation and generous balconies for residents
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, planometric – The layered wall also creates a buffer between the private domain of the home and the public one of the Borough
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    Entrance under the arch, Chatto Court – A civic quality is present in the art historical play in the buildings which finds a distinctly picturesque expression at the former Frampton Arms site with the arched bridge connecting Chatto Court’s two apartment blocks
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    Entrance to Chatto Court – Communal entrances with generously scaled doors detailed in solid Accoya
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    Taylor Court – Each building occupies its respective site with generous external public space interwoven along the street and within the estate.
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    Taylor Court, loggia – Outdoor amenity space became the inspiration for an architecture at the threshold between domestic interior and urban landscape
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, south elevation – The frames are orientated to fragments of lawn, binding the inhabitants with the unlikely parkland that separates the archipelago of buildings on the estate
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, model looking west from Well Street – The wild bond brickwork walls bear onto precast plinths, which form a robust weathering base to the buildings and relates to the scale of a person
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, ground floor plan – The two buildings provide 20 social rent and shared ownership homes
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    Chatto Court, Well Street – The handmade-brick buildings are separated but the use of a red pigmented flush mortar clearly identifies them as a pair within Hackney and imbues them with a civic quality
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, model looking north – An important aspect of the design is the bringing together of two architectural traditions: one where the wall is used to contain rooms within monolithic forms; the other where the frame is used to create space
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, third floor plan – The tripartite plan, creating breaks in the building mass, reduces the impact on the microclimate and improves permeability between street and estate
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    Chatto Court, balcony – The storey above the arch includes a lightweight steel bridge alongside individual cantilevering radial, semi-circular balconies to continue the visual aesthetic of architectural metalworks on the façade
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, north elevation – The wall is an active part in how the architecture responds to its community and is itself a social space. Its liminality heightens residents’ awareness of their environment, the seasons and weather
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    Chatto Court, internal stairs – The journey from street to home choreographed with loggias, courts, generous hallways and conspicuous staircases
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court, elevations – The dignity and wellbeing of residents is key, as is the capacity of a building to orientate inhabitants to the environment, with some 90% of homes being dual or triple aspect
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    Taylor Court & Chatto Court (foreground) and Wilmott Court (background), model – They are part of Hackney Council’s ambitious programme of new Council housing, which is providing hundreds of new Council homes through an innovative, in-house and not-for-profit approach

Technical

  • Appointment: 2013
  • Construction start: 2018
  • Completion: 2021
  • Area: 2,100m2
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: Hackney Council
  • Structural and building services engineer: Peter Brett Associates
  • Structural engineer (post-contract): WBD Group
  • Building services engineer (post-contract): Peter Deer and Associates
  • Cost consultant: Pellings
  • Project management: Pellings
  • Principal designer: Pellings
  • Planning consultant: CMA Planning
  • Townshend Landscape Architects: Landscape architect (pre-contract)
  • Farrer Huxley: Landscape architect (post-contract)
  • Salisbury Fire: Fire consultant
  • ACT: Approved building inspector
  • Guildmore: Main contractor

Bibliography

Awards

  • The Plan Awards, Housing, (Honourable Mention) 2021
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