This affordable housing scheme in the White City regeneration area of London has received a host of accolades, The Civic Trust Housing Award 2008, RIBA Housing Design Award 2008 and The English Partnerships Housing Scheme of the Year 2008.
The project for Octavia Housing and Care is the result of an Anglo-French collaboration between Cartwright Pickard Architects and French practice B+C Architects.
CampbellReith provided structural, civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering design services for the scheme which is seen as heralding a radical move for housing design in the UK. The project comprises 78 much needed affordable homes for families and key-workers and contains semi-public open courtyards in the style of a traditional London mews.
Structural steel was selected for the building frames as its use enabled the six metre cantilevers, a principle feature of the buildings, to be accommodated without imposing significant constraints on the architectural expression of the scheme.
The building has contemporary design with simple paved mews spaces with distinctive tree planting help to give each housing block a clear individual identity. There is space for domestic gardening, and a shared-surface ‘country lane’ unites the public, semi-private and public spaces, reducing the impact of the car and placing pedestrians as a priority.