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Name: Harrow Square
Location: London, United Kingdom
Harrow Square is a new mixed-use development in Harrow on the Hill, Greater London, with 318 apartments, a public library, retail spaces, and a new public square spread across a series of cascading low to mid rise buildings. Located within walking distance of Harrow on the Hill Station, a major interchange linking rail, metro, and bus networks, Harrow Square is a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly development, with a diverse building programme and a contemporary, refined architectural sensibility.
Set back from the street, Harrow Square is articulated in a series of cascading volumes rising gradually skyward, clad in a crafted composition of glass reinforced concrete panels, glass and uniquely formed metal panels, the carefully considered modularisation blends elegantly with the town’s historic Edwardian low-rise skyline. Sharing a common visual identity but formed in a cluster of buildings surrounding a public square — Harrow’s first new civic space in many years — the buildings create a dynamic street-level experience for pedestrians, and a lively experience for residents. The residential units are airy and bright, with large windows and modest balconies overlooking Harrow. Each tower features an expansive rooftop terrace, offering views in all directions, framing St. Mary’s Church, one of Harrow’s most notable landmarks. The new public square, featuring public art installations by Sue Goldschmidt, ties the development together, linking the residences with a new public library, an historic church, and adjoining retail. An essential component of the development, the new civic space was designed to capture the spirit of London’s lively urban parks, while unlocking new pathways to the neighbourhood and Church, and create space for the community to gather.
Working hand-in-hand with civic and community leaders, the project team successfully realised an ambitious vision to weave a contemporary mixed-use development into the fabric of the historic borough, providing much-needed community space and affordable housing amid London’s ongoing housing crisis.
“Harrow Square is an outstanding example of how first-class architecture and urban densification can contribute positively to social equity, inclusion and community growth. This mixed-use development, at the heart of the commuter town of Harrow in Greater London, has transformed a long derelict and polluted brownfield site into a dynamic, sustainable and high-quality cluster of buildings.
Set around a newly created civic space the project knits the neighbourhood together and successfully integrates public and private. With 318 residential units that seamlessly mix social, affordable and market-rate, as well as a new public library and retail units, the project demonstrates how cooperation between public and private can result in exceptional and responsible development, both in design and function.”
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