Shepherdess Walk

Jaccaud Zein Architects, London, 2015


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Shepherdess Walk, with the terrace on the left 

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  • Shepherdess Walk, with the terrace on the left    
  • The elevations of the apartment block on Wenlock Street    
  • The three houses on Shepherdess Walk    
  • View towards Shepherdess Walk down Wenlock Street    
  • The upper-level apartments feature roof terraces    
  • The interiors are finished in waxed and unpainted plaster with rough-sawn oak floors    
  • Entrance lobby of the apartment building    
  • Stair in one of the five-bedroom apartments detailed with walnut handrail    
  • Intersecting living spaces in one of the five-bedroom apartments    
  • The master bedrooms of the houses are sited on the top floor    
  • Living area in one of the apartments    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth floor plan    
  • Fifth floor plan    
  • Apartment 1 floor plan    
  • Apartment 2 floor plan    
  • Apartment 3 floor plan    
  • Apartment 4 floor plan    
  • Apartment 5 floor plan    
  • Facade Shepherdess Walk    
  • Facade Wenlock Street    
  • Brickwork setting out flats    
  • Model – exterior corner    
  • Model – exterior of flats    
  • Model – interior of houses    
  • External envelope detail    

For this new-build residential project in London, two buildings are faced in long-format Belgian brick. The scheme comprises a terrace of three houses and five flats.

Various structural options were explored with the team during the early stages of design to form the split-level floorplates, including cross-laminated timber, timber frame, precast concrete, steel framing and in-situ concrete. After consideration of the pros and cons, an in-situ concrete frame was chosen for the flats in order to satisfy the various detailing requirements and to meet the disproportionate collapse regulations. The chosen solution for the terraced houses is a hybrid solution of traditional load-bearing masonry, steel framing up the spine, and timber-joisted floors throughout.

Because of the site’s historic uses, there was up to 4m of made ground as well as various obstructions from Victorian basements and more-recent deep concrete foundations to overcome. In order to avoid mass excavation down to the natural gravels, a piled solution was chosen for both the houses and flats, which proved successful as well as flexible enough to overcome some of the obstructions found during pile probing.

The outer skin is formed using 75mm-thick Belgian bricks, and omits movement joints to present a clean uniform facade on all sides. Careful detailing was also required throughout for the precast copings, brass balustrades and the deep reveals, which are highly visible and an important external feature.


  • Begun: Jan 2014
  • Completed: Nov 2015
  • Floor area: 1,250m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £4.2M
  • Procurement: JCT contract
  • Address: Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7NJ, United Kingdom

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