New life for Crouch Hill's Victorian station house?

Architect returns with ‘sensitive refurbishment’ of listed building after snub for original plans

Friday, 31st May 2019 — By Emily Finch

McAdam Architects

ARCHITECTS have promised a “sensitive refurbishment” of a Victorian stationmaster’s house a year after their original plans were blocked by the Town Hall.

New proposals to convert empty buildings at Crouch Hill station into a café and six new homes were submitted to Isling- ton Council earlier this month.

James McAdam, a partner at McAdam Architects who came up with the designs, said “the main driver of the project is to bring the existing station buildings back into active use, as they sadly have been redundant for many years”.

He added: “The proposals are for a sensitive refurbishment and conversion of these buildings, as well as an efficient and sustainable use of the accessible, disused land plot at the rear.”

The “car-free” design has spaces for bike parking instead of car parking.

The original plan for the site was rejected by the council “by reason of its inappropriate design and because it “would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of Stroud Green Conservation Area”.

But Mr McAdam said his new designs are “smaller and more exact” and “address a number of comments from the planning process, concerning scale, design and mix of residential units”.

There would be two houses within the existing stationmaster’s house – a locally-listed building – and four flats in a new three-storey building to its rear.

Mr McAdam said: “It will provide a good-quality residential environment and is of a scale and design which will not impact on the significance or setting of heritage assets.”

The former ticket office will be converted into a café or restaurant, and office space will be created through a basement excavation. The site is owned by Highbury-based MBBK Developments, which has previously renovated a 15th-century manor house in Kent.

The architect promised little disruption for passengers using the rail station. “Future building works should not have an effect on the everyday use of Crouch Hill Station and frequency of trains,” he said.

“The existing buildings and disused land plot to the rear are set back from the railway platform, and it is the intention to contain any building works within the site.”

Town Hall planners are expected to make a decision on the plans in the coming weeks.

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