- Location: East Ham, London
- Client: London Borough of Newham
- Date: 2018 - ongoing
- Value: Confidential
Located on a currently empty site on Barking Road in the heart of East Ham, the new Hartley Centre combines a 1,650 sqm community health centre with two blocks containing 75 affordable one and two bedroom homes for later living.
Designed according to principles outlined in Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI), the new homes will offer high quality accommodation to elderly council tenants and helping to free up existing homes to families on Newham’s waiting list.
100% of the new homes will be genuinely affordable, at London Affordable rent levels.
Mæ’s scheme consists of two blocks, one nine and the other seven storeys tall. The first two floors will accommodate a new community health centre with space for 2 GP surgeries, while the upper floors will contain flats for those aged over 55.
A communal lounge and landscaped garden for the residents is located on the third floor between the two residential blocks. In addition, all the apartments will feature private balconies offering views over the garden and the adjacent streets.
At the back, the taller block will step down to meet the two-storey residential buildings on Hartley Avenue. The elevations will use a pale red brick for the plinth and darker brick on the upper portions, reflecting the buildings in the area. Balcony balustrades wrap around the corner of the building, and are in a contrasting white reflecting the palette of civic buildings in the area.
All the apartments are designed to conform to HAPPI recommendations, including level thresholds, generous circulation space, accessible furnishings and flexible layout that will accommodate live-in carers if and when it becomes necessary.