Laycock Street Development

Brady Mallalieu Architects, London, 2010


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Eastern elevation to courtyard 

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  • Eastern elevation to courtyard    
  • Block A facade facing courtyard    
  • Townhouse facades    
  • Corner at junction with Laycock Street    
  • Entrance facade to social housing    
  • Recessed balcony overlooking courtyard area    
  • Flat interior overlooking courtyard    
  • Entrance to scissor flat    
  • Flat interior    
  • Medical centre entrance space    
  • Entrances to consulting rooms screened from waiting area    
  • Medical centre upper level    
  • Staircase and light well to lower level waiting area    
  • Medical centre staircase    
  • Lower level waiting area    
  • Medical centre detail    
  • Site location plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Cross sections and elevations    
  • Typical house plans    
  • Block A ground floor plan showing Medical Centre and entrance to flats    
  • Block A basement plan showing medical centre    
  • Block A second floor plan showing typical entrance level to scissor flats    
  • Block A typical scissor flat plans    
  • Isometric view    
  • Planning stage view of courtyard area    
  • Facade to Laycock Street (Under construction) with Islington Central Medical Centre at street level    

High density residential development organised around a publicly accessible shared courtyard

Four different buildings frame the courtyard. To the north a seven storey building overlooks an area of parkland. The ground and basement storeys contain a doctors surgery and upper floors have maisonette ‘scissor’ flats including double height spaces. This creates dual aspect flats within a deep floor plan that all enjoy both south facing balconies and views across the park to the north.

The eastern building includes a variety of flat configurations combining different elements: terrace balconies, rear gardens, private entrances from the courtyard and duplex apartments at high level.

A terrace of four bedroom houses with courtyard gardens form the western edge. The courtyard plan sets the upper floors of the building back from the boundary avoiding overlooking to neighbouring properties.

The southern block is a terrace of six bedroom houses each with rear gardens and a block of two bedroom flats all managed by Community Housing Association.

Individually each property combines a flexible internal space with a generous outdoor space, either in the form of usable balconies, courtyards or gardens.

The centre of the courtyard includes a series of sinuous benches organised in carefully considered groupings. Parts of the building project forward from the main facade to address the courtyard, create low level roof terraces and frame entrances to the ground floor units.


  • Begun: Dec 2006
  • Completed: Apr 2010
  • Floor area: 8,700m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £12M
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2006
  • Procurement: Construction Management
  • Address: Laycock Street, Islington, London, N1 1SW, United Kingdom

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