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The regeneration of Tybalds Estate

Plans have been submitted for the £20 million regeneration of the Tybalds Estate in Holborn, Central London, to bring new affordable and private homes to the area.

The plans hope to increase the supply of family housing and improve the surrounding public realm and community space. The new housing will be developed directly by Camden Council.

Under the broader regeneration objectives jointly led by Kim Sangster Associates Ltd, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design is leading the team and handling the masterplanning and planning. The scheme includes buildings by three architecture practices: Avanti Architects, Duggan Morris Architects and Mæ Architects. The landscape architect is Camlins.

The Tybalds Estate sits between Theobald??s Road and Great Ormond Street Hospital, close to Queens Square. lt comprises 360 homes in nine residential blocks built in the 1950’s and 1960’s across a 2.3 ha (5.7 acre) site, owned and managed by Camden Council.

The proposals submitted include:

  • Providing 93 new homes in new buildings, and side, rooftop and underbuild extensions to existing blocks. 68 will be affordable homes.
  • Significantly improving the public realm, landscape and open spaces within and around the estate, including new courtyards and new granite paved urban square. The amount of useable open space will be increased by around 12 per cent.
  • Improvements to the two existing community spaces on the estate. Overall there will be a 21% increase in community floorspace.
  • Creating a new street and shared surfaces areas, as well as reorganising vehicular access.
  • A new combined heat and power (CHP) system for estate.
  • Improvements to existing residential blocks, with new brick overcladding and insulation to replace the grey corrugated metal cladding added 20 or 30 years ago to the ends of a number of blocks and staircases.
  • A contribution to the Council??s Community Investment Strategy (CIP) that will be used to improve a range of housing, community facilities and schools within the borough.

The new homes will meet the Lifetime Homes criteria and are designed to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Over 50 per cent of the new social rented homes will have three or four bedrooms to help meet the need for new family housing in the borough, and 11 new homes will be designed for residents using wheelchairs. All the new homes will have a balcony, garden or terrace.

The proposals for the site have been developed collaboratively by the design team and seek to reintegrate the estate into the wider Bloomsbury Conservation Area, setting out buildings that link between the brick and concrete 1950??s estate block and the Georgian Brick terraces of the surrounding streets. The scheme recreates a lost mews and creates a new urban square as the focal point of the estate and the setting for the two 1960??s tower blocks at the centre of the site using left over and underutilised space.

Avanti Architects has designed the proposals for the extensions and additions to existing post-war buildings on the estate. Duggan Morris Architects and Mæ Architects have made proposals for a number of standalone new build blocks and additions on underused open areas within the estate that seek to create a coherent and well-structured urban form and reintroducing active street frontages.

The proposals will be delivered in four phases and will take around five years to complete. The application does not propose the demolition or redevelopment of any existing homes on the estate.


The project team includes:
Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design ?? lead consultant, masterplanning and planning
Avanti Architects ?? architects for the additions and extensions
Duggan Morris Architects and Mae Architects in collaboration ?? architects for the standalone buildings
Camlins ?? landscape architects
Kim Sangster Associates  – Cost consultant, employers agent and project management
Campbell Reith – Structural engineering
TGA Consulting Engineers – Mechanical & electrical engineering








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