Robin Lee Architecture are appointed by London Borough of Waltham Forest to design and manage the delivery of the comprehensive regeneration of the St James Street area of Walthamstow within the St James Street Conservation Area. The commissioned works include improvements to the historic built environment via a suite of projects including shopfront improvements, building restoration and architectural lighting of key buildings.
High and medium priority properties were identified within the wider project area according to geographic location and the potential of the improvements to reinforce way finding, local focus and clear, defined identity. The intersection of St James Street and High Street was identified as a strategic opportunity to create a legible ‘gateway’ to Walthamstow High Street and therefore the priority for improvements was focussed around this confluence of roads and routes with some of the finest historic building stock gathered around this junction.
New frontages have been designed following extensive research of historic records of original streetscapes and building frontages. Detailed consultation with the local area Conservation Officer led to sympathetic designs incorporating key features and motifs evidenced within archive photographs and drawings of the local historic street scenes.
The project commission was procured via the GLA ADUP Framework in 2014 with Robin Lee Architecture selected via a competitive process.