Hawley Wharf transforms a neglected site in the heart of Camden Town into a vibrant new neighbourhood whilst enhancing the inherent identity of the area. Eight new buildings – set amongst the existing railway viaducts – and two refurbished buildings, including the Grade II Listed 1 Hawley Road, are arranged around three major new public spaces and several new pedestrian routes which reconnect the site with its neighbourhood, balancing the needs of both residents and visitors. The lively mix of uses includes 195 affordable, intermediate and private homes, a primary school for 210 pupils with a 26 pupil nursery, incubator workplace units, artisanal and industrial workshops, a cinema, a variety of local retail opportunities and a flexible and open market building that addresses the Regent’s Canal to create a revitalised sense of place.
The masterplan weaves a new car free public realm between Camden’s busy streets, 30 railway viaducts arches and the Regent’s Canal, focusing day and night footfall, and improving visual connectivity to discourage antisocial behaviour. The three public spaces are characterised by the different uses that surround them allowing visitors, workers, locals and passers-by to share a new piece of city, while residents at upper levels enjoy outward looking aspects across London. The geometry of the surrounding streets, transport infrastructure and routes generated the building forms and resulted in a wide range of apartment types and architectural variations in brick and terracotta, complementing Camden’s industrial past.