urban design and masterplanning

Vulcan Way, Islington, London

Vulcan Way, Islington, London


Conversion of ground level garages and transformation of a barren expanse of tarmac into a new residential mews. The seventeen new, mixed tenure homes included a 5-bedroom house accommodating seven and a 4-bedroom house accommodating five, both with gardens. The London Borough of Islington redevelopment was quickly occupied and the private sale flats sold out immediately.

Burrell Foley Fischer has long advocated the infilling of local authority sites on estates where the ‘waste land’ creates security and privacy problems due to a poorly defined public realm making it open to abuse. We now have an established track record of this type of remedial approach, working with local authorities and private landowners. We have a strong track record of award-winning schemes in very challenging locations and a high success rate of obtaining Planning Permission in the shortest possible time scale.

In our work for the London Borough of Islington - Homes for Islington (HFI) - we reviewed the Council’s existing sites taking an holistic, inclusive, long-term view to highlight negative land use and make proposals to show how sites across the Borough could be advantageously developed.

The ten completed projects provide fifty new dwellings for the Borough and are the outcome of our work which began in 2009 on a borough-wide study of land use to identify potential housing development sites. In all, BFF looked at thirteen different estates and land in council ownership. We are currently developing proposals for a further fifteen substantial, multi-storey residential dwellings across three estates.

We audited areas of grass, tarmac and hard landscape and identified at-risk boundaries. Considered and innovative designs have provided new dwellings with a higher percentage of site coverage devoted to secure 'green' amenity space and gardens whilst also eliminating unsafe boundaries and discouraging anti-social behaviour.

The ten completed planning applications were all delivered as part of a fast track design programme being designed, submitted and approved within a sixteen-week period.