New Camden hostel granted consent
A new hostel for 50 homeless families in Dartmouth Park has been granted planning consent. The new hostel, set within the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area, will be a 3-4 storey building set around a lush central communal garden incorporating opportunities for play.
The new homes have been designed on PIE principles (Psychologically Informed Environments) to promote health and wellbeing with every dwelling dual or triple aspect with a view towards the central garden, generous windows and good passive natural ventilation. In addition to the bedrooms the development will provide staff accommodation, a common room for residents and a more intimate pocket park beneath mature existing trees.
The building reinstates the historic street frontage to Chester Road and Dartmouth Park Hill with elevations of profiled green ceramic tiles that take inspiration from the views of Highgate Woods and the copper dome of St. Joseph’s Church.
Offsite volumetric construction will ensure that the construction duration is reduced, minimising impact on neighbours, reducing waste and delivering the much-needed accommodation as quickly as possible.