New London Awards 2022 Winner - York Way Estate
Winner in the HOUSING category
An unbuilt scheme, the first winner consists of 3 new buildings and a consolidated streetscape, integrated into an existing estate, complimentary in material and expression to create a vibrant social heart.
The existing York Way Estate consists of four residential blocks and single storey community centre. The current landscape is predominantly characterised by informal open grass areas and hard landscaped areas dominated by parking and vehicular access. The greens are currently well used and the position of new buildings respects the existing residents access to daylight and long views.
Three ‘Villa’ buildings are set within the greens along York Way. Private balconies are inset on the outer corners overlooking the greens. A new terrace building encloses the podium along its eastern edge creating a protected courtyard. This building consolidates the larger family homes as stacked maisonettes creating as vibrant social heart with door-step play.
New play spaces of differing characters are proposed on the podium to the east and west of Kinefold House. Overground parking has been consolidated into the existing lower ground car park, increasing enjoyable amenity space for residents.
Georgina Robledo Padilla, Associate Partner at RSHP and judge of the New London Awards 2022 said: "York Way Estate envisions a successful insert in the underused in-between spaces of an existing estate which will help positively activate a public realm at the heart of its community."
City of London Corporation
Transport Planning & Highways
Community Engagement Consultant