Gondar Gardens

West Hampstead, London

The Gondar Gardens site is situated in West Hampstead among characterful Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses and mansion blocks.

Metropolitan Workshop was commissioned to redevelop the former reservoir site at Gondar Gardens in order to provide about 60 homes of varying size with on-site residents’ parking and a communal garden. Much of the former reservoir site beyond the street frontage is a designated Open Space and a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) consisting mostly of grassland.

Basic strategies for massing, circulation, and the positioning of development on the site were influenced by an exhaustive analysis of the surrounding context and character. The scheme consists of efficiently planned homes with minimal common parts, that are all dual aspect with good views.

Team: Alan Baxter Associates (Structures) / Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (Planning)

The site layout uses a standard ‘Villa’ which allows the proportion of the new buildings to closely match the frontage of the properties in the surrounding streets and the traditional typology. The footprint offers a high degree of flexibility and is able to accommodate apartments and duplexes. It can be efficiently planned with minimal shared circulation and would enable all homes to be dual aspect and enjoy good outlooks.