Colindale has been identified as one of the most significant areas for growth and regeneration in London – it is a classic North London suburb that lacks real cohesiveness and identity. At the heart of Colindale lies the Northern line tube station, which adjoins the former Victorian hospital site.
John Pardey Architects were appointed as lead design architects working alongside Barton Willmore to develop the masterplan for this 5.2 Ha mixed use scheme. A new piazza addresses Colindale Avenue with a redesigned tube station, an Aparthotel and retail units. A central avenue links the Piazza to a central square that wraps and addresses a retained listed Victorian hospital building. A college building and residential blocks also address the avenue offering an urban frontage whilst shielding raised courtyard gardens.
One of the ambitions in designing a large scale new residential quarter of mainly low cost apartments was to create variety and individuality in the architectural language while achieving an overall uniformity, an identifiable urban village or neighbourhood with a particular sense of place.