- Location: Barnet, London
- Client: Genesis Housing Association
- Date: 2012 – Ongoing
- Value: £280 Million
- Awards: New London Awards Masterplans & Area Strategies - Finalist 2017 AJ Architecture Awards Masterplan of the Year - Finalist 2017
Grahame Park is Barnet’s largest Estate. The 1960s estate will be redeveloped to create three neighbourhoods with associated parks, play areas, shops and facilities. The design promotes family housing in low to mid-rise buildings.
Mæ are appointed, by Genesis Housing Association, as lead designer for the latest phase comprising 1,083 homes. This follows our previous work in 2015 masterplanning the wider neighbourhood of 2,161 mixed tenure homes and with mixed use facilities, which was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance.
The regeneration of Grahame Park commenced in 2003 following a resident vote, which saw 79% in favour of redevelopment. Our work followed Phase 1 construction at which point the council sought a new masterplan to re-evaluate the layout, the density and mix. We continued to build on the engagement that had already been undertaken to create a vision that had community and council support.
The design is planned around a traditional street pattern and a green infrastructure of tree lined streets, park and public green spaces. A mixed-use hub building with community space, health services and childrens' nursery, also designed by Mæ, sits alongside local retail and commercial uses to form a neighbourhood centre.
The homes have been designed around the idea of a 21st century pattern book comprising mansion blocks, villas and terraces. The technique offers a means of creating character, identity and familiarity – with efficiency– for the neighbourhood; a technique used by the likes of James Gibbs in the 18th century for the great estates of central London.