Kings Crescent Phases 1&2 London 2012–2017

RIBA National Award winner, recipient of the Mayor's Prize (New London Awards) and Housing Project of the Year (AJ Architecture Awards), Kings Crescent is an exemplary council-led estate regeneration scheme that combines high quality new housing with the meaningful transformation of existing buildings, addressing the disparity between ‘us’ and ‘them’. The masterplan was developed in collaboration with Karakusevic Carson Architects and Muf Architecture/Art. Phase 1 was completed in 2017. Phase 2 was granted detailed planning consent in November 2019.

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    The masterplan unites old and new buildings with a shared material palette
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    A uniformity of tone and stepped brickwork details add refinement to the facade of our new building
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    New buildings to the north of Murrain Road enclose shared courtyards with existing buildings
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    All lobbies and ground floor homes open onto shared gardens
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    A study model to test the depth and composition of the street facade
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    Ground floor homes open onto a landscaped play street
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    Residents at play in the shared courtyard
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    Residents at play
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    Old and new are united across a courtyard
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    An existing building prior to refurbishment
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    An existing building post refurbishment
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    New double height wintergardens and homes in converted garages frame a community garden
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    The residents' allotments in the shared courtyards
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    Play street


  • Appointment: 2012
  • Construction start: 2014
  • Completion: 2017
  • Area: 23,000m2
  • Budget: Circa £64m
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: London Borough of Hackney
  • Collaborators: Karakusevic Carson Architects
  • Contractor: Higgins Construction
  • Landscape Architect: Muf Architecture/Art
  • Services Engineer: Peter Brett Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Peter Brett Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor: Philip Pank Partnership
  • Planning Consultant: Tibbalds



  • Civic Trust Awards, (Regional Finalist) 2019
  • RIBA National Award, 2018
  • RIBA Regional Award, London, 2018
  • AJ Award, Housing Project of the Year (Above £10m), 2018
  • AJ Award, Editor's Choice, 2018
  • Hackney Design Awards, 2018
  • New London Awards, Mayor's Prize, 2018
  • London Planning Awards, Housing, (Shortlisted) 2018
  • London Planning Awards, Best New Place to Live, (Shortlisted) 2018
  • Building Awards, Housing Project of the Year, (Shortlisted) 2018
  • Brick Award, Worldwide, (Shortlisted) 2018
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