Ely Court

Alison Brooks Architects, London, 2015


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The scheme champions low-rise housing 

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  • The scheme champions low-rise housing    
  • Yellow/white Dutch bricks were used    
  • Exterior view of balconies    
  • The scheme aims to create a new neighbourhood    
  • The blocks border the South Kilburn Conservation Area    
  • Portico detail    
  • Entrance area    
  • A recessed balcony    
  • Inside one of the dwellings    
  • An interior living space    
  • Site plan birdseye view    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Typical flat layout    
  • Typical flat layout – mews    
  • Typical flat layout – terrace maisonette    
  • Typical flat layout – terrace upper floors    
  • Mews elevation and Chichester Road elevation    
  • South Kilburn masterplan    
  • Unit mix    
  • Section through facade of terrace block    

This RIBA Award-winning residential development in London mixes tenures in a series of low-rise blocks.

Through a 15-year-long regeneration scheme, the council and its team of masterplanners – including the likes of PRP Architects, Alison Brooks, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands – are trying to, in the words of the council, ‘create a real sense of place and belonging’.

Alison Brooks Architects’ £8.2 million 43-home scheme mixes tenures and rehouses some of the estate’s existing tenants in a subtle series of blocks that border the South Kilburn Conservation Area.

The scheme comprises four typologies. A terrace, facing out onto the main street and responding to the mid-19th-century Maida Vale villas opposite, contains two-storey maisonettes. These are aimed at families, intended for private sale, and situated on the ground floor with apartments above. Next to this, a four-storey link block turns into the mews and faces a newly created street behind. These eight two- and three-bedroom houses are socially rented.


  • Begun: Sep 2012
  • Completed: Dec 2015
  • Floor area: 6,509m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £8.2M
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • CO2 Emissions: 44kg/m2/year
  • Address: Ely Court, Chichester Rd, London, NW6 5QR, United Kingdom

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