Maiden Lane Estate’s redevelopment will provide 265 new homes for the London Borough of Camden when completed in 2016. They have been sensitively designed by PRP to blend with the modernist 1970s estate. The scheme reconciles the low rise buildings to the north with the larger emerging buildings of the King’s Cross masterplan, culminating in a 20-storey residential tower to complement the King’s Cross cluster on the other side of York Way. The redevelopment also includes retail and workspace to front York Way, which will revitalise the street frontage.
Maiden Lane became the last of the grand housing projects with a legacy of some of the finest modernist buildings within the UK. Despite a well-considered original masterplan, the estate effectively became a back-land site, because of the positioning of an industrial estate at the front of the site which prevented a positive urban connection to York Way. PRP went onto develop and deliver much needed affordable housing, provide investment to revitalise the estate and link into the wider regeneration of Camden through increased legibility and enhanced access to the estate.
The first phase of work integrates the development of 10 new residential and mixed use buildings within the existing estate to create an active and permeable edge to the east edge of the estate. Public spaces are knitted in between the buildings and provide improved routes into the existing estate aswell as gardens, seating and play facilities.
PRP have also prepared a public realm strategy for the wider estate which addresses public spaces, green structure, wayfinding and orientation.