Welbourne, Tottenham Hale
The Welbourne development is part of a large masterplan regeneration scheme, designed by Related Argent PLC, who worked alongside Haringey Council to bring 1,030 new homes to Tottenham Hale, London. The £500m masterplan development further provides the area with ample new opportunities in retail, hospitality and health care. Main contractors Galliford Try and United Living were awarded this huge bid, with the aim to create a ‘heart’ to Tottenham that would connect the community with new public spaces and improved rail and transport links.
Vobster Architectural and Taylor Maxwell worked alongside architects Pollard Thomas Edwards who designed The Welbourne development with great tonal depth, consulting with the design team to specify and supply three different red facing bricks that complement the cast stone selected. Welbourne sits on a prominent corner site opposite Tottenham Hale train station, situating it in a prime location for residents to access all London has to offer.
Concept to completion
Announced as one of the best value places to live in London, Tottenham Hale was well primed for regeneration, with Haringey Council providing six new buildings and three public spaces near the train station, alongside 15 new shops and restaurants, all built to high environmental standards. The regeneration also included the promotion of sustainable transport through the creation of cycle lanes and encouragement of public transport use. Welbourne provides 131 council rent homes, managed by the Borough of Haringey and a much-needed health care centre that serves over 20,000 local residents. The site includes a communal garden and landscaped rooftop to support access to community wellness opportunities. The cinema, restaurants and bars ensures the residents of Welbourne have plenty of nearby entertainment and leisure facilities.
Vobster Architectural were asked to produce a cast stone blend to complement the facing bricks supplied by Taylor Maxwell. The architect selected their preferred shade of cast stone from a shortlist of three bespoke blends. Following the successful selection, a wave-textured feature panel was designed and chosen to accompany the windows. The red blend of the cast stone ties the blend of the brick, balconies and metal window heads together a striking finish that defines the building’s architectural identity within the masterplan development. The textured panel showcases the capabilities of cast stone for producing a component of both great design and great structural strength. Wet cast stone offers a superior performance to quarried natural stone or semi-dry cast stone, as its increased strength and reduced moisture absorption results in improved freeze/thaw durability, while further offering the ability to create bespoke components to support achieve any vision.
The pre-construction archaeology on the site revealed a number of sharp stone tools dating back to the Mesolithic, making it an important site of interest to archaeological groups. The rich history of the site now culminates into buildings that function effectively as a true ‘heart’ of Tottenham Hale and undoubtedly meet the development’s aims of bringing a ‘strong sense of identity’ to the area.
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