The name attributed to Genesis Housing Group’s tenement block in Hampstead Village is deceptive, for New Court on Lutton Terrace isn’t actually new at all, but Grade II listed – hailing from the mid-Victorian period. Embedded with rich layers of heritage, the blocks also boast a fascinating social history, with former tenants including music icons Johnny Rotten and Boy George.
New Court was constructed between 1858 and 1870 in a conservation area of Hampstead Village, off the High Street. Contractors and Consultants working on the project, faced a host of issues brought up by the idiosyncratic Victorian construction and features. Working closely with heritage and conservation officers to ensure as many original features as possible were preserved. Metal balustrades, York Stone staircases and open fireplaces were restored and secondary double-glazing was fitted to refurbished wooden sash windows. Those period features unable to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standards and the expectation of modern living, were over-hauled – for example, turning the single kitchen/bathrooms into two separate areas. The blocks are completely land-locked, so contractor Durkan could not take modern vehicles onto the site, so all material had to be off-loaded and transported by wheelbarrow. The major works took place with the residents in occupation, who were decanted one staircase at a time.
Client: Genesis Housing Group
Structural Engineer: Ellis and Moore
Employers Agent & Planning Supervisor: Monk Dunstone Associates
Awards: RICS Building Conservation Award 2008 – Finalist