west hendon pilot
client: Barratt Metropolitan LLP
The eight family houses on the Pilot scheme, a terrace on Sorrel Mead and a semi-detached pair on Cool Oak Lane, are the first to be completed as part of the large West Hendon regeneration scheme. The design was developed through a series of workshops led by ATA, and discussions, models, site visits with the local residents, as well as workshops about how to read architectural drawings were part of the consultation process. As a result, the houses are made with local red brick and the coloured external render emphasizes each individual home. Internally, the rooms are well lit by large windows and rooflights on the top floor’s open ceilings. Downstairs, kitchens overlook the street and open onto to living rooms. The site slopes towards the Welsh Harp Reservoir, in the past a popular sailing and boating area, and the repetitive triangular geometry of gables and bay windows is a visual play on that history.
With a focus for low energy design, construction included high thermal envelopes with 225mm fully filled cavities, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery, high performance windows and good air tightness. Construction paid close attention to thermal bridging to reduce heat loss. The roofs, which follow the natural slope of the site have an uneven roof pitch, with one of the eaves at a 30 degree towards the south to allow for use of solar collectors. The houses were built to Lifetime Home Standard and easily achieved Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Photographs by Ioana Marinescu.