Kennaway Estate receives planning approval

By PRP – 7 November 2019

Our scheme at the Kennaway Estate received planning approval on Wednesday (6 November) at the London Borough of Hackney.

Kennaway Estate, Stoke Newington, is located two minutes’ walk away from Clissold Park and borders Stoke Newington Church St to its north, Clissold Crescent to the east and Carysfort Road to its south. We have been working collaboratively with Waugh Thistleton Architects (WTA) to facilitate the planning application and resident’s consultations to create a proposal for

landscape and reconfigured architecture that work seamlessly together to provide increased housing provision and an improved connected and convivial landscaped space for all to enjoy. The scheme offers 61% affordable housing which was welcome by LB Hackney.

The landscape concept is to create a centrally located communal courtyard, where by wrapping the proposed new build element around the landscape and allowing views through Church Street towards Clissold Park, a safe and overlooked pocket is created. The proposals activate the space by creating journeys via the main paths within the courtyard. Feature walls will act as driving devices for residents to explore and experience the different areas. Surfacing and tree planting will be used in a similar way to guide people through the courtyard. ‘Door step’ play is incorporated, integrating playable landscape features such as walls, landform and willow tunnels all set amongst lawn and herbaceous planting. Strategically placed seating zones and residents’ growing planters will promote interaction while buffer planting around ground floor flats will protect their privacy.

The landscape strategy is not only for the development area but a landscape intervention also created for the rest of the estate – a landscape strategy that binds the overall area and create a seamlessness with Waugh Thisleton’s architectural proposal. Southern Housing Group will now move to the next stages and the preparation of tender information for a start on site in Spring 2020.