Tamarisk Trust

See also: Housing & Mixed Use

A supported housing scheme for adults with learning difficulties, this project comprised the refurbishment of a Victorian house, demolition of a 1970s extension, and 4 new-build houses, and provides 18 self-contained flats for 22 people, with facilities enabling the residents’ independence.

The design provides a safe environment, familiar and homely. The architecture draws on traditional suburban aesthetics, with pitched roofs, very solid walls and robust materials. The circulation of each building is clear and easily understood. Circulation spaces are generous, allowing people to stop and chat, as well as providing clear access. An enclosed garden acts as a hub and shared amenity space for all the residents and is overlooked by shared spaces (lounges, dining areas, entrance sequence, etc) to provide a sense of community.  The mass of the building breaks down into a series of roof gardens to provide outside amenity at several floor levels. Green walls and green provide natural habitats for wildlife, and a means to harvest rainwater. The scheme achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and BREEAM Excellent.

The Tamarisk Trust with Sanctuary Housing

Completed 2011

London Borough of Barnet