Middlesex Street estate was built in the 1970s and there are currently about 218 properties. The tower block consists of one and two bedroom flats situated over 23 floors. The square consists of bedsits, one, two and three bedroom flats, situated over three floors. All properties surround a landscaped enclosed and gated podium area.
Eighteen new flats were recently added to the Estate.
Phase III of the works include a proposal to add more floors to the buildings surrounding the podium - two, three or possibly four floors are being discussed. Two floors is probably going to be the limit, however, due to issues with light obstruction for the lower level flats.
What could this look like?
Here is the estate as it currently appears:
Below is a mock-up / artists impression I made of what the feel of the Estate could possibly be with four additional stories surrounding the podium: This is purely for illustrative purposes, and does not reflect the final plans or design, which include re-cladding the entire structure, and may involve fewer than four additional levels.
I believe it is extremely important, as we head into this phase of the redevelopment, that we have proper local representation. This would ideally include a local councilman living on site, a re-invigorated Residents' Association, and a strong Tenants' Association for the long leaseholders.
I studied for a year at the Worshipful Company of Carpenters' Building Crafts College,and hold a Diploma in Advanced Stonemasonry. I was project manager for the restoration of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Cemetery in Bridgetown, Barbados, and saw that project through from inception to completion over a 5 year period. I also was responsible for the stonework at the Simon Fattal Succah at Lauderdale Road Synagogue, London.
This qualification from the Building Crafts College included architectural drawing, and project management. I believe I have the skill set to be able to represent and protect residents' interests during this critical time in the life of the Estate.