• Architecture
  • Housing

Alexandra Road, Camden


When Neave Brown worked within the London Borough of Camden’s Department of Architecture and Surveying, he conceived the design of the Alexandra Road Estate in Swiss Cottage. Once completed in 1979, the reinforced concrete structure housed 520 apartments, houses, and maisonettes in three parallel buildings. It is the most extensive exposition of Camden’s modernist approach to housing design in the 1970s and achieved high density with predominantly low-rise housing, whilst providing a four-acre central park and extensive communal facilities.

Now Grade II* listed, we were commissioned to restore elements of the estate and resolve detailed design issues, which led the completion of a 'warm and dry' programme of works. Working with Neave Brown, sensitive repairs of key details have been undertaken, ensuring its long term future and significantly improving the environment for all its residents. We have subsequently been appointed to undertake further internal enhancements, improve thermal efficiency and upgrade heating to homes, all within the parameters of a listed building.

Project Details:

Restoring a landmark modernist council estate.

Client: London Borough of Camden, South Hampstead Housing Cooperative

Construction Value: £7.2m (Phase 1)

Completion: 2005 (Phase 1), 2022 (Phase 2)

Location: Camden