Central Somers Town Masterplan

Caught between the railway tracks of Euston and St. Pancras stations, Somers Town is one of only a few substantial areas of publicly-owned land in Central London. As such it presents a unique opportunity to explore innovative models to deliver much-needed homes and public amenity for a neighbourhood with many needs. 

The single ownership of the buildings, and also the public realm around them, allowed the London Borough of Camden to develop an ambitious place-making strategy using a self-funding development framework to enable delivery. The commission comprises a new primary school, community facilities, affordable homes and a world-class public park —worthy of the site’s significance — as well as a proportion of private housing. 

Led by DSDHA, the Masterplan was devised via an innovative collaborative process, using landscape and public realm as the primary drivers around which housing was designed — in opposition to the prevailing trend towards maximising build yields at all costs. Rather than developing massing criteria to guide the development of each plot, DSDHA curated a sophisticated dialogue between the practitioners involved, promoting a mix of architecture and landscape that mediate seamlessly between the scale of intimacy and infrastructure.

Architect: DSDHA 
Landscape Architect: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan 
Civil Engineer: AKT II 
Sustainability: Atelier Ten 
Cost Consultant: Currie & Brown 
Project Manager: Capital  
Planning Consultant: Turley 
Lighting Consultant: Studio Dekka 
Transport Consultant: Civic 
Contractor (School & Community Play Facility): Neilcott Construction Ltd
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