Trinity Square
Barratt / David Wilson Homes.
404 new homes
Planning authority
London Borough of Barnet
Winner, Housing Design Awards: Project - Barnet and Southgate College (2015)

Trinity Square shows how suburban developments can increase densities while maximising family accommodation to create desirable homes. The new neighbourhood responds sensitively to the setting, repairing the urban grain and supporting the wider community through the creation of a new primary school.

At the heart of the neighbourhood is a new garden square offering a beautiful setting whilst integrating play, enhancing biodiversity and offering a wider community benefit. This is complimented by communal podium gardens framed by private terraces and balconies. The architecture establishes character through façade rhythm, vertical proportions and rich brick detailing, reflecting the appeal of period housing.

The family focused neighbourhood comprises 3 storey houses and 4-5 storey apartment blocks forming traditional terraced streets, urban in form, but with a high proportion of family housing with appropriate levels of parking both on street and within courtyard blocks.

Based around new streets and a central public square, the mix of terraced houses and innovative courtyard blocks, provide homes for all. The housing comprises a mixture of apartments and maisonettes, with a proportion across all housing types being affordable, including homes adaptable for wheelchair use.

Homes are designed in line with a variety of design standards such as the London Plan, Lifetime Homes and Secure by Design. The streets are designed to be welcoming, desirable and easily travelled, to attract footfall and promote connectivity.

Although our design supports a strong, self-contained community, it also lays foundations for extending that benefit into the wider area, re-knitting the site into the neighbourhood physically and socially, supporting a diverse and rooted community, which contributes to the development’s overall sustainability.

The development was required to fund the relocation of an existing college but time was running out to meet the required programme when HTA were approached after 18 months of design work had failed to find a viable scheme that would gain the support of the local planners and the GLA. The scheme was reworked and developed to a submission within 2 months of engagement with work starting on site the following year. All 406 homes are due to be complete in early 2020. 

Central to the success of the scheme, both in terms of design quality and the programme for delivery, was a seamless collaboration between HTA’s architecture and landscape teams to create this fabulous new neighbourhood.

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