6 September 2019

PRP were the winners of the Best Scheme in Planning (<30 units) award at the National Housing Awards 2019 for their scheme Hanbury Street.

Hanbury Street is an intelligent intervention within an existing estate that will transform an underused and constrained infill site to provide high quality, affordable family homes. The development will help the borough alleviate the chronic housing shortage whilst contributing the mayor of London's commitment to provide 1,000 new council homes within four years.

The project will create a terrace of seven family homes fronting onto a new street, which includes new, high quality public open space and a playground for existing and new residents alike. To overcome overlooking from the east and west, a fresh and unique approach to the internal layouts was required and has given the council the opportunity to provide four three-bedroom, and three four-bedroom genuinely affordable family homes for rent.

The strong architectural language is greatly emphasised by the extremely limited material palette and the exploitation of controlled simple brick detailing; all offset by the landscaping and external works. The combination of these elements will result in a confident but calm scheme that integrates within the existing context.

Judges' comments

Hanbury Street impressed the judges with this cleverly designed scheme that is enormously important to the local area and clearly made a great effort to involve their local community.

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Winner: PRP

PRP is a long-established architectural firm with over 100 awards to its name. An interdisciplinary practice, we offer a full range of design and building services including masterplanning, urban design, landscape, planning, interior design and development consultancy. Few know as much about housing design as PRP. With over 50 years’ experience to draw on, we have established an exemplary track record in the design and delivery of homes and places of varying scale, complexity and diversity.

Best Scheme in Planning (<30 units) 2019: Hanbury Street