St Leonard's Court

New North Road, London N1

Completion: 2020

Client: Countryside Properties



RIBA London Awards – St Leonard’s Court – Finalist

Inside Housing Development Awards 2021 – Finalist x 3

The Brick Awards 2021 – Shortlisted x 2

Hackney Design Awards 2020 – Finalist 



Award Winner


St Leonard’s Court is 71 new homes for Hackney Council and Countryside Properties, with over 32% affordable. Hallmarked by a tenure-blind design that ensures no visual distinction between private and affordable properties, the development provides the unique opportunity to be part of a true and sustainable mixed-tenure community.

The scheme fundamentally promotes the health and wellbeing of its residents. All have universal access to the surrounding picturesque views and the sensory-rich experience created by the shared central courtyard and roof gardens. Indeed, the variety and quality of the landscaped areas are key features, providing social spaces to enrich the experience of living within the development – including raised beds for residents to grow their own food. Given such an urban site, these spaces provide an oasis of biodiversity for all living within the development.

Each home additionally exceeds national minimum space standards, offering generous, spacious homes.

An extensive consultation programme ensured the local community connected with the new scheme. The design simultaneously gained strong support from all review panels and Historic England – each praising the justified design approach.

Part of a wider programme of regeneration, the scheme is described by Hackney Council as ‘the embodiment’ of the local authority’s programme to build ‘thousands of high quality homes itself, on its own land, acting as its own developer’.

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