Former Walthamstow Stadium
L&Q
Architecture
 
A comprehensive understanding and respect of the historic and cultural heritage underpinned our design ethos to transform the dis-used Grade II listed, former Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium to create a residential scheme which celebrates the unique setting.

This sensibility is a thread through all layers of the design - from the layout of the masterplan which references the historic track, to restoration and setting of the listed buildings, treatment of new elevations and subtle details such as embedding the historic finishing line into the landscape. New uses for the listed buildings ensure they have been brought back to life in a sustainable and meaningful way – dog kennels have become potting sheds and allotments, whilst the grand tote has been transformed into a community leisure centre. The spirit of the sporting and leisure heritage has prevailed.

Principally an island site, our goal was to make an attractive, high quality living environment and connect with the wider community. Landscape and improved bio-diversity play a significant role in this by creating a green link bridging between the hard urban edges at the site’s periphery.
 
On a practical level this provides an innovative solution to mitigate and improve the impact of significant flooding both on and off site. The setting and framing of the unique listed buildings was designed to ensure they were a constant within the new streetscapes – even as a glimpse - to act as wayfinders and re-enforce sense of place, and we particularly enjoyed opening up views to the wider community that previously hadn’t existed - to make public what was once private, further encouraging outward connections and dispersing the sense of identity.

Creating new homes of a high quality on this unusual site was enormously rewarding – and we understand this was the first scheme to be approved to fully meet the requirements of the London Plan following a rigorous consultation process with the GLA, English Heritage and the Environment Agency. The completed scheme provides 294 new homes, a leisure centre and sporting facility that meets Sport England requirements, 80 place nursery, café and local shop, pocket allotments and potting sheds.
A comprehensive understanding and respect of the historic and cultural heritage underpinned our design ethos to transform the dis-used Grade II listed, former Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium to create a residential scheme which celebrates the unique setting.

This sensibility is a thread through all layers of the design - from the layout of the masterplan which references the historic track, to restoration and setting of the listed buildings, treatment of new elevations and subtle details such as embedding the historic finishing line into the landscape. New uses for the listed buildings ensure they have been brought back to life in a sustainable and meaningful way – dog kennels have become potting sheds and allotments, whilst the grand tote has been transformed into a community leisure centre. The spirit of the sporting and leisure heritage has prevailed.

Principally an island site, our goal was to make an attractive, high quality living environment and connect with the wider community. Landscape and improved bio-diversity play a significant role in this by creating a green link bridging between the hard urban edges at the site’s periphery.
 
On a practical level this provides an innovative solution to mitigate and improve the impact of significant flooding both on and off site. The setting and framing of the unique listed buildings was designed to ensure they were a constant within the new streetscapes – even as a glimpse - to act as wayfinders and re-enforce sense of place, and we particularly enjoyed opening up views to the wider community that previously hadn’t existed - to make public what was once private, further encouraging outward connections and dispersing the sense of identity.

Creating new homes of a high quality on this unusual site was enormously rewarding – and we understand this was the first scheme to be approved to fully meet the requirements of the London Plan following a rigorous consultation process with the GLA, English Heritage and the Environment Agency. The completed scheme provides 294 new homes, a leisure centre and sporting facility that meets Sport England requirements, 80 place nursery, café and local shop, pocket allotments and potting sheds.
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