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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Solstice Point in Camden, London by Nick Baker Architects

 
August 14th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nick Baker Architects 

Nick Baker Architects have recently completed a mixed use scheme at 86-88 Delancey Street containing 14 flats, 5x3bed, 4x2bed and 5×1 bed along with 500sqm of office accommodation. The site at 86-88 Delancey Street lies immediately adjacent to the town centre of Camden, next to the Parkway Neighbourhood zone and within the Camden Town Conservation Area.

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  • Architects: Nick Baker Architects 
  • Project: Solstice Point
  • Location: Camden, London
  • Photography: Hamish Park
  • Client: J Murphy & Sons Ltd
  • Collaborators: Architect Nick Baker Architects
  • Area: 2,790M²
  • Structural Engineer: TZG Partnership
  • Main Contractor: J Murphy & Sons Ltd

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The properties from 84 Delancey Street onwards are Grade II listed terraces. Significant consultation with local residents groups and English Heritage was required to secure planning consent. 

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As one of a limited number of historical crossing points over the main London to Birmingham railway line, the site is a ‘gateway’ location between Regents Park and the vibrant core of Camden Town.

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The scheme comprises a 5 storey block facing Delancey Street and Parkway with 2 storey maisonettes and offices creating a rear courtyard. The urban realm to Parkway is greatly improved as the building sets back 5m from its existing pavement edge.

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The Network Rail tunnel beneath the site presents a number of significant challenges to the construction of the overall building. The 7m curved cantilever is supported by a concrete frame which in turn is separated from the foundations by acoustic ‘springs’.

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The urban characteristics of the south facing site have provoked a sustainable design response to the building by the introduction of an “environmental skin” with 92sqm of solar thermal panels on the south/south west curved facade designed to provide 70% of the building’s hot water requirements and 20% of the residential central heating.

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Green and brown roofs ensure water retention in this inner city area. The scheme will achieve BREEAM very good and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. By responding creatively and innovatively to what initially appeared to be urban constraints the design team has created a new dynamic and sustainable architectural feature in this challenging corner of Camden Town.

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