CAMDEN GOODS YARD
Camden Goods Yard will be an intensely mixed-use development that reinvents an existing Morrisons supermarket and car park on Chalk Farm Road, in close proximity to the Roundhouse and Camden Locks.
The project will deliver 573 new homes from studios to singles to 4-bed family units across a range of eight new buildings. A Morrisons supermarket will be retained as an anchor occupying the base of a brick multiblock for living, working and shopping, as well as urban agriculture with a roof featuring London’s largest urban farm. It occupies a prominent position within a mix of buildings of up to 14 storeys; primarily residential, they will also incorporate shops and workspaces at ground level. Along Chalk Farm Road, the site of an existing petrol filling station will make way for a six-storey multipurpose building incorporating a new filling station, workplace and cultural uses.
The design proposals draw on the Camden context. The site is surrounded by several different types of London fabric and the architecture will reflect this mixture, embracing the much loved yard and warehouse character of London. Many strands are woven together, from reassuringly familiar brick configurations to intimate residential streets and arched units, from a timber-clad beacon drawing in people from Chalk Farm Road to the modernism of terrazzo concrete and dark brick bands of One Goods Yard, the tallest building. The look, feel and nature of both external and internal spaces will have hints of conversion and reuse despite them being new buildings, exuding the qualities of some of London’s most cherished yards, markets and streets.
The development brings urbanity to what has long been a site with more suburban land uses despite it being surrounded by more urban conditions, and in doing so, will unlock value for Morrisons whilst enhancing their retail presence. The project will also deliver hundreds of new homes of which 40% are affordable, helping the borough to meet its housing needs.
Allies and Morrison is the overall masterplan architect and designer of five of the eight blocks. The remaining three are by Piercy & Company and Niall McLaughlin Architects.
Barratt London and Morrisons Supermarkets
Piercy & Company
Nial McLaughlin Architects
Access and inclusivity consultant
David Bonnett Associates
Heritage and townscape
Gross floor area
Camden, London NW1