Jenner Road N16


Hackney - London

Project type

Designed & Built

  • Feasibility
  • Concept Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Planning Application
  • Consultation

The proposal consists of the demolition of existing structures and clearance of detritus. Erection of a four-bedroom family dwelling house over lower ground, ground and first floor. Removal and replacement of existing trees, creation of a Biodiverse Living Roof; garden landscaping at ground and basement levels; bicycle parking provision, refuse and recycling storage, and the reinstatement of a London stock brick boundary wall to Jenner Road.

The new site will comprise the currently redundant space at the end of two adjoining gardens. This will create an end-of-terrace building plot which will allow for a domestic development type of which there are many examples in the local vicinity.

Owners of adjoining and neighbouring properties have been consulted in the development of the proposed scheme. We have worked with them to address their concerns of landscaping and overlooking and they are now very supportive of our proposals.

To preserve and enhance the distinctive qualities of the Northwold and Cazenove Conservation Area. The proposal has been developed in close consultation with the Northwold and Cazenove Conservation Area Appraisal and our own detailed studies into the historic planning and architectural aspects of Jenner Road and the Conservation Area at large. Conservation and enhancement of the site’s existing Biodiversity was also a key driver in the design development. WYG Group were engaged early to mitigate any disturbance to existing Biodiversity and to maximise the site’s potential.

To design a project that will safeguard both the immediate and wider natural environment. As previously stated, the development would actually increase the net area of green spaces. These spaces have been carefully managed through consultation with Biodiversity consultants WYG Group. In addition to our collaboration with WYG Group, consultants in Energy and Arboriculture were also engaged at the outset. An Energy report by Carbon Plan concluded that the scheme ‘maximises the sustainable approach for development’ and MWA Arboriculture are also supportive of the proposal, confirming that the proposal ‘will have a negligible impact on the surrounding landscape which will be mitigated by the planting of replacement trees’.

"With half of humanity now living in cities, there are compelling reasons to grow more food in them... The rooftop greenhouse concept makes profitable use of the space above our heads. Not only can we grow food crops and consume them in the building below, we can also make use of the greenhouse to heat the building during the day, and the building to heat the greenhouse at night." Source:

A beehive will also be installed on the roof. It is well documented that bees are a key component in maintaining and extending an area’s biodiversity. So as well as becoming a valuable resource of fruit and vegetables to its occupants, the proposed ‘growing roof’ can also provide a steady supply of honey, whilst also contributing to the Conservation Area’s biodiversity at large.