Walking Tour: Regents Park Estate, Camden with Matthew Lloyd Architects and Mae
Join Matthew Lloyd (Matthew Lloyd Architects) and Alex Ely (Mae) for a walk around the Regents Park Estate in Camden, alongside former resident and local historian Peter Heath.
Regents Park Estate, built in 1951 to replace housing destroyed in the London Blitz, covers a vast area from Hampstead Road to Regents Park. In 2013, three blocks on the estate's North West corner were designated for demolition to accommodate the construction of the planned HS2 railway line, leaving hundreds of residents at risk of displacement. To rehouse residents close to their previous homes, the London Borough of Camden commissioned architects Matthew Lloyd and Mæ to design eight new housing blocks on empty or underused sites within the existing street layout, alongside reworked landscaping by East.
The new buildings were developed in close collaboration with residents, employing a palette of textured blond brick, engraved aluminium balustrades and elegant colonnades that interact with the public realm at street level. During the tour, we will hear from Peter Heath, a former owner of a now demolished flat, who will describe the area's history up until its most recent chapter. Matthew Lloyd and Alex Ely will discuss the design of their respective infill buildings, reflecting on the complex issues around estate regeneration.
Matthew Lloyd foundedMatthew Lloyd Architectsin the early ‘90s, and the practice has gone on to win acclaim for sensitive, innovative architecture in complex urban settings. Notable projects include The Bourne Estate in Camden (Overall Winner nationally in the Housing Design Awards 2018), The Regents Park Estate, St Mary of Eton in Hackney Wick (RIBA National Award & Housing Design Award 2015), The Royal Society of Arts (RIBA London Award 2013). Matthew has taught architecture at the University of Plymouth and subsequently at the Royal College of Art. He is a CABE/Design Council’s Built Environment Expert and sits on L. B. Camden’s Design Review Panel.
Alex Ely founded Mæ in 2001. He has been responsible for award winning schemes from masterplans to cultural buildings, housing to health care as well as for the Mayor of London’s Housing Design Guide and numerous best practice publications for CABE. Alex is a Mayor's Design Advocate, CABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the GLA’s and LLDC’s Review Panels and the RIBA's Housing Policy Group.
Peter Heath is an architect, town planner and resident on the edge of the Regent’s Park Estate and was an owner of a now demolished flat, as part of the HS2 compulsory purchases along the Euston station cutting. He is the Public Realm Design Director at Atkins. As part of his 20 years at Atkins, he has worked with The Crown Estate client teams (including with Matthew Lloyd) on improvements to the whole length of Regent Street and St. James’s estates, with an understanding of the historic significance John Nash’s 19th century masterplan and transformational developments, from Regent’s Park to St. James’s Park.