Lo­cal homes for lo­cal peo­ple — now that’s a good idea

Cam­den is seiz­ing its chance to build new homes as power re­turns to Lon­don’s coun­cils, dis­cov­ers David Spit­tles

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ini­tia­tive comes as the Cam­den Town area is re­gain­ing its ca­chet as a top ad­dress, with a rad­i­cal makeover of its canalside market, many new homes, a bou­tique ho­tel, a pri­mary school, plus new shops and market stalls be­ing built by pri­vate de­vel­op­ers.


Sev­eral of the new coun­cil projects are rein­car­na­tions of “iconic” hous­ing schemes from Cam­den’s Sev­en­ties hey­day. Part of the Maiden Lane Es­tate on the north­ern bound­ary of the vast King’s Cross rail­way com­plex — then a joy­less spot and now part of a swish new busi­ness-cul­tural quar­ter — has made way for a new scheme of 273 homes called XY Apart­ments.

Ar­chi­tect PRP sought to re­cap­ture the avant-garde aes­thetic of the orig­i­nal Sev­en­ties es­tate, with sleek, white, lin­ear blocks of vary­ing heights, wide, re­cessed bal­conies and big win­dows. Crisp, mod­ern in­te­ri­ors have un­der­floor heat­ing and there’s a concierge. Prices from £545,000 to £830,000. Call 020 7299 3091.

Sav­ills is sell­ing the homes, part of a port­fo­lio of schemes bun­dled as The Cam­den Col­lec­tion and in­clud­ing Plen­der Street, by Morn­ing­ton Cres­cent Tube sta­tion, with 31 flats priced from £537,500. Call 020 3320 8220.

Holly Lodge Man­sions bor­der­ing leafy High­gate and Hamp­stead is a lo­cal land­mark. Built in Tu­dor style in the Twen­ties, the orig­i­nal lay­out was de­signed by Sir Ebenezer Howard, cre­ator of the “gar­den city” con­cept that cap­tured town plan­ners’ imag­i­na­tions in the early 20th cen­tury. Cam­den coun­cil took over the es­tate, now a con­ser­va­tion area, in the Six­ties. A rolling re­fur­bish­ment is free­ing up apart­ments for pri­vate sale. Prices from£705,000.

Many of Cam­den’s best coun­cil homes, in­clud­ing at the Brunswick Cen­tre, have been snapped up un­der Right to Buy. But af­ford­able re­sales do come up. A 1,200sq ft flat at ar­chi­tec­turally prized Whit­ting­ton Es­tate in High­gate is for sale at £795,000 through The Mod­ern House. Call 020 3795 5920.

With an av­er­age house price of £799,803, ac­cord­ing to Right­move, Cam­den is the third most ex­pen­sive Lon­don bor­ough af­ter Kens­ing­ton & Chelsea and Westminster. The new coun­cil-built homes are be­ing sold for market value but are pitched at “or­di­nary” mid­dle-in­come Lon­don­ers.

Other pri­vate-sale projects in the pipe­line in­clude Bourne Es­tate in Clerken­well, Ty­balds Es­tate in Hol­born, Abbey Road, just north of St John’s Wood, Bac­ton Es­tate at Gospel Oak and Agar Grove, Cam­den Town.

Cam­den Court­yards, a for­mer op­ti­cal works, is now 164 homes, half “af­ford­able”. Clad in pat­terned brick and with a Corten steel two-storey roof ex­ten­sion, the S-shaped build­ing al­lows for two in­ter­nal court­yards and roof ter­races. Prices from £755,000. Call 020 7428 4455. Bar­ratt, the de­vel­oper, and su­per­mar­ket chain Mor­risons also plan a big flats scheme near the Round­house mu­sic venue, while Cen­tre Point, the land­mark Six­ties West End of­fice tower, is be­ing re­de­vel­oped with homes.


Cam­den Town used to suf­fer from the in­dus­try linked to Re­gent’s Canal, and prox­im­ity to King’s Cross rail­way waste­land. To­day, canalside re­gen­er­a­tion is trans­form­ing the area, while 67-acre King’s Cross Central is a gleam­ing new neigh­bour­hood and busi­ness dis­trict.

Spec­tac­u­lar wedge-shaped flats are be­ing built at The Gash­old­ers Lon­don, within the re­stored frame­work of three listed King’s Cross gas hold­ers. Cir­cu­lar walk­ways will over­look an open-air in­ter­nal court­yard. One gas holder will have a com­mu­nal roof gar­den, while the roofs of the other two blocks will be pri­vate ter­races for

Re­gen­er­a­tion: Cam­den coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gramme in­cludes a re­vamp and new build­ing at Maiden Lane Es­tate, with homes for rent and sale

From £545,000: XY Apart­ments, right, part of The Cam­den Col­lec­tion port­fo­lio of homes built by the coun­cil for pri­vate sale. Call 020 7299 3091

Land­mark: Cen­tre Point, the Six­ties for­mer of­fice tower be­ing re­de­vel­oped as flats in a prized West End lo­ca­tion

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