Igloo gets the green light for scheme set to breathe new life into Caledonian Road

Sustainable development and urban regeneration specialist Igloo has secured planning permission to build a new £10million mixed use scheme comprising 25 low energy homes, plus over 4,500 sq ft of office and retail/studio space, at Four Hundred Caledonian Road, N1.

Igloo acquired the site, next to Caledonian Road & Barnsbury overground station, in October 2012. The site was compulsorily purchased some years ago as part of the Eurostar tunnelling project, and has remained unused and largely derelict ever since.

Four Hundred Caledonian Road will see Igloo restore the site’s historic Victorian townhouse fronting Caledonian Road, creating a ground floor retail studio with two homes above, as well as its original stable block behind, transforming it in to a creative workspace.

Set behind the frontage, project architects, Brady Mallalieu, have designed a contemporary, new build block providing 21 homes, plus a pair of semi-detached houses.

The scheme will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 4, with each home reaching Energy Performance Certificate A rating. Sustainability features will include solar photovoltaic panels at roof level that provide free electricity to the development; high levels of insulation and airtightness which ensure that energy loss in the homes is minimised; mechanical heat recovery and ventilation, which keep homes fresh, but without leaking heat to the outside; and a combined heat and power system that produces electricity from the development’s heating system. Together, these technologies will significantly reduce the carbon output of the development, as well as occupiers’ bills.

Each home has its own outdoor space, with large balconies, and access to two intimate, green courtyards. The development will provide secure cycle storage for residents.

John Long, development director at Igloo, said:

“Four Hundred Caledonian Road is a site of great architectural importance. We recognise the context of The Cally, the value of its restoration to local people, and the opportunity we have been given to breathe new life back in to this stretch of a historic and bustling London street. Our scheme will see a new community of people living and working here, and in turn playing their own role in the wider, existing community.”

Construction work is due to start shortly, and the site is due to complete in September 2014.