1 Queensdown Road – Development

  • Client: Newlon Housing Trust
  • Services: Feasibility, Architectural Design, Planning Submission and Structural Engineer
In 2016, Newlon Housing Trust commissioned Capital PCC to undertake a feasibility study into the potential development of 3No. void DPF properties. One of them being:  1 Queensdown Road, Hackney, E5 8NN
Contract Value:
January 2016 to September 2019
Options were chosen and a Planning Application submitted in December 2017. This was granted in March 2018, to maintain a construction phase programme to complete the works in October 2018.

The property is a three storey Victorian style end of terrace house situated on Queensdown road, adjacent to Hackney Downs Park. The property was, until March 2016, used to house and assist people with special needs but from 2017 it was vacant. The property is a registered care home (Use Class C2) which had been in use as supported housing. There were seven former residents’ bedsits with a series of communal recreation rooms, restrooms & bathrooms together with a small office and communal dining kitchen.




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    Architectural Design and Planning Submission
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    Structural Engineer for Building Regs

The proposal retained the C2 Class use, converting the existing rooms into 8No. self-contained 1 bed flats. This was possible, by developing an extra storey in the form of a mansard roof extension.

This took into account the modern approach to small care homes whereby there are no resident staff and those living in the house are living as several single households, in an independent way but with support available to them through their care provider should they require it.

Planning Approval required that the site development achieved the standards set out in the London Housing SPG (2016). All proposed spaces were to meet Lifetime Homes Standards where possible. Section 106 and CiL contributions were applicable.

Initially regarded as an easy and simple project, it resulted in a much more complex Planning Submission job, also because of the building existing use, Class C2, which the Planners wanted to maintain. The design of the new roof mansard extension, following the Hackney’s Local Development Framework Design Guidelines (2009), had also Capital Structural Engineers involvement, for the calculations required for the Building Regulations application

Leonardo Mattioli Architectural Director for Capital

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