Quartet – a hidden eco-haven overlooking Clapton Common
Countryside’s new development Quartet in Clapton Common, north London has been designed to ensure those buying their home in this increasingly popular part of the city have access to open green space all year round, helping to boost the residents’ sense of wellbeing and encourage people of all ages to spend more time outdoors.
The apartment buildings, located on the doorstep of the Common and among mature trees, are of earthy tones which create a calm and elegant backdrop resulting in a pleasant contrast with the greenery of trees, hedges and planting.
The landscaping at Quartet includes an eclectic mix of courtyards, gardens, amenity space and play areas. As part of the project, Countryside is also creating a series of playable bridges across a planted tree trench of rain gardens. Every bridge has a different design, inviting children to explore and visit various courtyards at Quartet where they can play and meet other young residents. All of the courtyards are semi-private and gated to the street but not locked, with front doors opening onto them, reminiscent of small squares.
Knowing that many of the new homes will offer views over the adjacent common, the landscaping team has introduced new deep tree planting into the site to visually draw the common in and create a sense of privacy.
Trees at Quartet have been meticulously selected to withstand harsh urban conditions, like heavy rain. Among them, residents will spot blossoming fruit trees – a precious resource for members of the community to enjoy.
The landscaping team has used evergreen and deciduous hedging to create an enclosure for the ground floor gardens while also protecting existing trees. The understorey planting features a mix of easy-to-maintain hardy perennial and evergreen species bringing a burst of colour to the communal outside area.
The apartment buildings are set back to create space for the existing mature trees to thrive. Quartet features a variety of plants, which positively contribute to the biodiversity of the local area and make it an inviting place for local species.
The new community will be car-free, with a parking provision for six disabled users and four spaces for the volunteers working at the Hatzola ambulance service. Quartet will also provide 220 cycling spaces, making it easier for local residents to use their bikes on a more regular basis. Residents will also have admission to Car Club, allowing access to cars locally and all around the UK 24/7.
Quartet will bring 132 beautifully designed homes to the area, including one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom duplexes. Upon completion, the development will comprise four modern buildings, reflecting the latest trends in urban design.