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Dunboyne Road Estate (formerly Fleet Road Estate)

Grade II listed low rise/high density housing scheme for LB Camden known as Fleet Road. No. 36 is a split level maisonette retaining many of the original features such as sliding partitions and fitted joinery work.

Architect

Neave Brown & LB Camden Architects Dept

Date

1969-75.

Meet: Sun 2pm, 36 Dunboyne Road NW3 2YY

Tour by architect/resident Takeshi Hayatsu (6a Architects), pre-book ONLY on http://goo.gl/T8QNdu. Max 20 per tour.

Belsize Park

Gospel Oak, Hampstead Heath

24, 168, 46, C11

  • Architect on site
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DUNBOYNE ROAD ESTATE (FORMERLY FLEET ROAD ESTATE) The Dunboyne Road estate is a public housing scheme designed by Neave Brown for Camden_s Architects_ Department. It was the first application of the concept _high-density low-rise_ housing to a large site alongside other community buildings. There is a large concrete ramp and a sculptural concrete spiral staircase with expressed formwork to the north of the site, which was part of an unrealised scheme of the 1960s to link the Dunboyne Road Estate with other newly-developed estates on the other side of Southampton Road. With the Dunboyne Road scheme, and its ambitious successor at Alexandra Road, a distinct _Camden style_ emerged from the Council_s Architects_ Department.ÿThe dwellings are in groups of 8 and 16, each with a large private terrace overlooking a communal garden. The section provides all the dwellings in three double blocks of single, two and three storeys, each divided by an alley giving access to main front doors. The close proximity of the properties, divided by a narrow alley access, allows wide frontage and greater internal freedom than narrow frontage housing typical in London Victorian terraces.The internal planning of the dwellings follows similar principles to those of Winscombe Street, also designed by Neave Brown in 1965, adapted to single, split level and two storey dwellings. Wasteful circulation space is reduced or used positively. No 36 Dunboyne Road is a split level type dwelling, containing two bedrooms, the hall and kitchen, with a sitting room and study on a split level. The large sliding window of the sitting room/ study area leads onto a paved terrace. It retains many of the original features. These include: a tiled concrete kitchen worktop; timber cupboards and drawers in the kitchen; stairs to the split level living areas with a balustrade and a broad shelf dividing the upper and lower levels; a sliding partition between the living area and study; a glazed stairwell to the main stairs; full storey height doors; and built in storage cupboards. The building was Grade II listed on 9th August 2010. Since completion of the building more than 30 years ago, the gardens of the estate have matured fully. It was one of the principal reasons for listing by English Heritage stating _the strict geometry of the bright white concrete blocks is an effective foil to the organic, individually-planted gardens, as the architect intended_.SOURCES:_Listing Text_ from English Heritage_A Decade of British Housing _70s_ Toshi-Jutaku magazine guest editor Edward Jones October 1980