HASA Architects wins planning for community learning hub within the Highgate Conservation Area in North London.
Following their award-winning transformation of the derelict glasshouse to create a flexible events space at Highgate Bowl, HASA Architects began working at Contractors Yard. The Yard, adjacent to Omved Gardens, will house and extend the program of exhibitions, workshops, performances, creating collaborations around the topics of food, creativity and ecological transformation.
Development on the site, formerly a garden landscaping business, had been fiercely opposed with multiple applications refused from 1970 to 2012. However, HASA Architects’ understanding of the place, continued relationship with the site’s landscape architect, and ongoing engagement with the local community gave them an insight few others had. The practice secured planning and their proposals for transforming the site into a dynamic new learning environment with five new buildings were well received by the local authority.
Location: Highgate, London