Two bptw schemes were recently shortlisted for the First Time Buyer Readers Awards. The award, for the Best Medium Development category, is looking for developments that have used the best design and quality; creating desirable, inspiring and affordable environments in which people wish to set up their first homes. Winners of the First Time Buyer Readers Awards are voted for by readers of First Time Buyers Magazine and the ceremony will take place this week, hosted by Nicki Chapman and held in the Landmark Hotel, London.
Designed for Newlon Housing Trust, Isobel Place is a contemporary development comprising 109 one and two bedroom apartments, nestled behind the Edwardian Grade II Listed Tottenham Town Hall, away from the hustle and bustle of Tottenham High Road. The apartment blocks were designed to complement the historic building and are set around landscaped communal gardens which provide amenity space for residents. The homes are earmarked for young people and it is hoped they will provide an affordable first step for many onto the housing ladder.
The Boatyard, designed for Notting Hill Home Ownership, is situated on a brownfield site, once a boatyard for British Waterways. The development comprises 26 apartments and 4 town houses which are available to buy through shared ownership. Fronting onto the Grand Union Canal, a sensitive design approach was utilised for the scheme, incorporating existing trees and landscape elements into the design. Many of the apartments offer balconies and terraces with views over the canal and there is also a secure communal play area for children and a parking space for each home. Set in its own private grounds, the development appeals to first time buyers looking for a relaxed style of urban living.
Picture: The Boatyard, Ealing CGI: Isobel Place, Tottenham