The Rifles, Enfield

Location: Enfield
Client: Denmark & White
Completion Date: Late 2015

The brief was to design a high density residential development of primarily three bedroom, two bathroom terraced houses in keeping with the historic nature of the site and its close relationship with the ex-Enfield Small Arms site across the River Lea to the east.

 In addition the brief included the retention of the original two storey part of the Rifles Public House but the demolition of all the single storey accretions that have gathered around the historic original over the years.

 There are many Victorian architectural references in the immediate area as is to be expected with the site’s close proximity to Enfield Lock itself.

 Accordingly the housing has been designed with London stock brickwork throughout with a relieving band course on the street elevation of the two new terraces and the semi-detached houses adjacent to the Mill House.

 The roofs are finished in natural slate with parapet gables echoing the detailing on the existing government row terraces and the windows finished with genuine vertical sliding sashes in painted timber.  Window openings have arched heads and reconstructed stone cills in keeping with historic precedent.  Dormer windows to the conserved Public House are to be lead clad throughout.

 The Client was intent upon providing a high quality residential development that was sympathetic with its historic setting in its appearance and choice of external materials.  In replacing the previous use of a nightclub this represented a good-neighbour development to the predominantly residential character of the immediate locality and is a productive and appropriate use of a ‘brown-field’ site.  The development represents a sustainable solution to the equitable use of the site which will be echoed in its hard and soft landscaping.

Traffic density is extremely light in the area and the design of the site layout takes advantage of this fact in creating a truly integrated interface with its immediate locality.