Enfield, London EN1

‘Transform a constrained garage site into several desirable homes’ was our brief from this project’s developer client.

We relish a challenge! Having inherited this project site, plagued with numerous failed planning applications and several planning appeals by the client’s previous architects, we spent time researching the context, studying the character of the place, in particular the use of brickwork and vernacular detailing.

Project & Environmental Data

Project Info

  • Location: Enfield, London EN1
  • Image Credit: nu.ma

Environmental Data

  • Energy Efficiency
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Insulation
    1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Thermal Mass
    1 2 3 4
  • Airtightness
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Solar PV
  • Embodied Carbon
  • Heating/Hot Water
    Electric Gas Ground Source Air Source
  • Solar Thermal
    Yes No
  • Rain Water Harvest
    Yes No
  • Ventilation
    MVHR Natural
  • Energy Storage
    Yes No

Surprisingly it is often the sites which are the most challenging that lead to the most beautiful and simple solution as was the case in this constrained North London infill development.

brick london housing

We explored a range of concept ideas for our client looking at how the site could be maximised fiscally whilst still providing homes designed to meet the space standards outlined in the London Housing Design Guide.

It was important each of the three housing units had access to a private external space and a south facing external courtyard was included in the design.

We engaged in early dialogue with the Local Authority and were granted planning permission via delegated powers in record time. The scheme was applauded by Enfield Council as an exemplar of what can be achieved on a constrained site through great design and a collaborative approach.

Elevation of housing development

We are talented designers; every PAD studio team member is a talented designer in their own right and even stronger as part of our collaborative team. Great design is important to us, it inspires us. We believe that beauty is measurable and that even the most constrained project or site has the ability to be beautiful, often these constrains become the catalyst for inspirational resolutions.