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Old February 19th, 2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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The Garden Halls (Cartwright Gardens £65m redevelopment) | Bloomsbury


The Gardens
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Official website: http://www.cartwrightgardens-clg.com/

Planning application: Camden 2013/1598/P



Development Facts

Site: Garden Halls and Cartwright Gardens, London WC1

Developer: University of London

Architect: Maccreanor Lavington

Floorspace: 32,557m²

Student beds: 954













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Old February 19th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Demolition progress at Cartwright Gardens, 18 February 2015:


Untitled by w.edgill, on Flickr


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Old February 19th, 2015, 03:19 PM   #3
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What was the reason behind redevelopment? The new building on the face of it doesn't seem that much bigger than the current ones, and some of the current buildings aren't bad - a little bland, but with some nice features such as crittal windows
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Old February 19th, 2015, 03:28 PM   #4
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The University of London want to increase the quality, mix and number of student bed spaces.

The development will provide a net increase of 187 student bed spaces, a general improvement in facilities and will open Cartwright Gardens to the public.
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The new residence does fit much better than the collection of post war residences that have just been demolished. The one pity is that the facade facing Cartwright Gardens could have been more Georgian in character akin to those on the crescent with punched windows and brick walls rather than a frame appearance, akin to the building being retained at the south end.
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Old February 20th, 2015, 07:06 PM   #6
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Crikey they've knocked down a bit since I went away!

I love what they're doing with the gardens themselves, the fences around the tennis courts really detract from the aesthetics of the area.

I don't suppose anyone has a completion date for this one?
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Old February 20th, 2015, 09:38 PM   #7
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Is this:


...this building in the background?


If so, I'm surprised. I've never seen a post-war block integrated into a new project! I can't wait to see how it turns out.
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Old February 20th, 2015, 09:49 PM   #8
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There's hope for Hyde Park Barracks yet!
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Old February 20th, 2015, 11:28 PM   #9
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If so, I'm surprised. I've never seen a post-war block integrated into a new project! I can't wait to see how it turns out.
That's the Hughes Parry Tower. It's undergoing refurbishment, including a comprehensive façade replacement and a new entrance.

There's many projects in which postwar blocks are retained in some form. An ongoing example nearby is the Agar Grove regeneration.
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I lived in the old buildings on this site for my three undergrad years. For my final year I had a nice 5th floor view of Cartwright Gardens, but even better were my first two years, when I had a wonderful 9th floor view over the whole of London. I could see St Paul's and the City in the distance, with a foreground of elegant Georgian terraces with their endless rows of neat chimney pots. The new building is a bit nicer but is shorter, so my old view is gone. However the south facing upper floors of Hughes Parry Hall will get a similar view, albeit with a less interesting foreground.
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Completion date is stated for September 2016.
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Looks SO much better than the dollop they are replacing.

Agar Grove also looks great. A step in the right direction.

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the new georgian style stuff is top quality. building on our heritage is what we should be doing for infill plots like this, i think.
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It is a lot bigger when you get closer to it. How many floors is the main body meant to be?
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Brickwork is going up on the back, I took a photo but I screwed my phone's camera in Florence.
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Brickwork is going up on the back, I took a photo but I screwed my phone's camera in Florence.
Oh dear, poor Florence, is she ok now?
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It is a lot bigger when you get closer to it. How many floors is the main body meant to be?
8 floors.
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