TAIT HOUSE - BRAC Developments

Case Study


  • Location

    London N19
  • Sector

  • Architect

    Ackroyd Lowrie
  • Project Type

Working in partnership with Architects Ackroyd Lowrie, the airspace development of Tait House on Ward Road, N19 will add three new luxurious self-contained two-bedroom apartments on the existing roof of the residential building. Each of the flats will also provide a private amenity space to bring a luxury style for future occupants.

The high-quality extensions, that adds an additional storey to the top of the building, will not impact surrounding residential complexes as Tait House originally stood a little lower than the adjacent neighbouring dwellings.

BRAC Developments worked tirelessly throughout the planning phases to ensure that the new airspace development can keep with the general aesthetic and integrity of the existing building as well as the neighbouring properties on Ward Road. High-quality zinc cladding and grey aluminium windows are key features that truly hit the sweet spot.

The use of 2-Frame views will avoid any overlooking and give the best outlook. The design and manufacturing of the steel frame was carried out by New Ways Ltd and was supplied to BRAC Developments in just 4 weeks. Offsite modular construction was used to minimise disruption to existing tenants and neighbours.

In addition to the continued line of street scene, the specialists have used off-site modular manufacturing processes to achieve a fast and minimally disruptive installation process. The project itself is set to add three incredible homes in a sought after location that will improve the street’s appeal and appearance without negatively impacting the lives of existing residents.

Building on past experiences of similar redevelopments, BRAC Developments has planned ahead by incorporating various amenities, including a designated waste storage area that works with the existing lift. This is in addition to the ground floor bikeshed for 6 bikes and other communal features of Tait House to meet the requirement of Islington Council which expects all new developments to be ‘car free’ with the exception of parking for disabled drivers.

To enable future residents to access the new accommodation, the creation of an external lift shaft was necessary. The site is very close to the tunnel of Tufnell Park tube so to avoid the archway within the tube station, we had to drill down in 0.5m increments.

The makeover is set to transform the residential building’s external appearance, making it the highlight of Ward Road while simultaneously creating new homes in one of Islington’s most popular areas. Thanks to the off-site manufacturing and collaboration with Architects Ackroyd Lowrie, BRAC Developments aims to complete the airspace development in the coming months. Once finished, Tait House will look bigger and better than ever.

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