Alliance House provides 200 new student rooms on an unusual site within the Newington Green Conservation Area, Islington. The design has two distinct elements - the refurbished China Inland Mission Building fronting Newington Green, and a series of new buildings to the rear of the site. Victorian terrace houses bound the site on three sides.
“I'm inclined to believe that the best of contemporary practice in this country has become a profoundly marginal concern, divorced from the problems of improving the general situation. Thankfully, one occasionally encounters a project of the quality of Haworth Tompkins Architects' latest scheme and hope is momentarily restored.”
Ellis Woodman, Building Design
An existing run-down institutional block to the rear of the site was demolished to form an 'urban garden' in the interior of the site, where four new blocks are designed as freestanding clusters in a landscaped setting. The blocks are orientated north south across the site to maximise views and sunlight both for neighbours and students.
The new blocks seek to reconcile the institutional character of project with the domestic character of the area, whilst providing an appropriate social scale for the student accommodation. Each block is designed as two white rendered pavilions paired around open stair cores, which is clad in vertical larch slat cladding. A meandering path through the new landscape links the new blocks with the entrance to the site through the retained China Inland Mission building, which has been refurbished to provide additional student accommodation office space and retail units onto the Newington Green.
Newington Greeen Student Housing
Address: 44-45 Newington Green, Stoke Newington, London
Completion Date: October 2004
Construction Cost: £7.7M
Client: Shaftesbury Student Housing
Contractor: ROK Llewellyn and Sons Ltd
Structural Engineer: RJ Witt Associates
Service Engineer: Atelier 10 & Building Services Solutions
Quantity Surveyor: Grove and Lawrence
Landscape Architect: Colvin & Moggridge
RIBA Award (London Region)