Join us for a walk around Unity Place, a new mansion block social housing scheme for Kilburn, as part of Brent Council’s multi-phase regeneration masterplan. The tour will be led by architects Alison Brooks and Nelson Carvalho (Alison Brooks Architects), George Wilson (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios) and Andrew Tam (Gort Scott).
Unity Place replaces an inward-facing 1960s ‘Bison Block’ tower, restoring the character and scale of this north London neighbourhood and re-establishing the area’s historic 19th century street plan. The scheme is oriented around a reinstated route to the Grade I Listed St Augustine’s Kilburn Church, a landmark recognised for its architectural heritage and social role in the community.
The development, which ranges in scale between 4-8 storeys, demonstrates how an appropriate level of density can be achieved without building above eight storeys. Street-level apartments are set back from the street with a terrace, and apartments on the upper levels benefit from broad balconies overlooking their internal courtyard. GLA funding has enabled Brent Council to retain 100% of the units as social housing, aimed specifically at existing residents of the borough.
Alison Brooks is one of the UK’s most highly awarded and internationally acclaimed architects. A native of Guelph, Ontario, she studied architecture at the University of Waterloo before moving to the UK in 1988. Since founding her practice in 1996 she has emerged as one of the UK’s most inventive architects with works encompassing urban design and housing, higher education buildings, private houses and public buildings for the arts.
Nelson Carvalho is a Senior Associate with Alison Brooks Architects. He has worked alongside Alison for over a decade and has played an instrumental role in the design and delivery of many of the practice’s award-winning projects.
George is an Associate at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, working primarily within the education and residential sectors. George’s experience of running complex schemes with multiple architectural teams, working closely with clients and leading the design team has resulted in the successful delivery of two RIBA award-winning schools and leading large scale residential projects from feasibility to tender.
Andrew is an Associate at Gort Scott and has been involved in many of the practice’s key projects, from public realm and civic masterplans to the singular Rock residence in Whistler. With a keen interest in socially engaged, thoughtfully crafted design that makes lasting contributions to communities, he finds as much enjoyment in city-scale strategic thinking as the finer details of buildings.