Derwent Point, Islington, London

Church Lukas architects
Date Built
Gusford Road & Wakley Street
Derwent Point on Gosford Road in Islington is a mixed-use building that offers 136 studio apartments targeted as students.  It also features both retail and commercial spaces.  The building was given a BREEAM rating of "Excellent". 

The website says of the building that, "... Being landlocked by two city red routes was just one of many challenges the development overcame. Previous schemes for four stories of student accommodation had been refused planning but Church Lukas’ focus on a high-quality landmark building won the eight-storey scheme permission in 2009. This was despite long-term resident opposition that was overcome by a series of Church Lukas led public consultation meetings.

Rights of Light issues had to be addressed early in the design as the site had been vacant for more than 20 years and was surrounded by residential properties. The practice worked closely with a Rights of Light specialist to arrive at a maximum scale of development. .....

.... The layouts of the 15m² apartments are based around a fire engineered escape strategy which helped to generate more than £500,000 of additional end value through increased bed spaces while also increasing building floor space efficiency.

A Category D noise assessment was also overcome with high-performance facades and whole house venting with heat recovery to allow generous full-height glazing, maximising space and daylight in the rooms. The facades also feature innovative projecting desk pods."

The facade features a checkerboard pattern that involved four different cladding solutions.  These include a FPR composite panel from Steni UK, high pressure laminate HPL panels from Trespa and a stone cladding system.  The website says that, "... With its stunning checkerboard design and held securely in place with SikaTack Panel Adhesive systems, Derwent Point is a shining – and in part reflective – example of what can be achieved by mixing different cladding systems."