Agar Grove Estate, Camden



  • Clients

    Camden Council
    Hawkins/Brown and Mae

  • Region


  • Main services 


    Civil engineering

  • Awards

    The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 - Housing Project - Commendation

    Housing Design Awards 2015 - Project Schemes - Winner

    BD Architect of the Year Awards 2013 - Masterplanning and Public Realm - Shortlisted

    London Planning Awards 2019 - The Mayor’s Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning - Winner

    London Planning Awards 2019 - The Mayor’s Award for Good Growth - Winner


Agar Grove Estate, Camden

The Agar Grove Estate regeneration project in the London Borough of Camden will provide 493 homes through the phased redevelopment of an estate built in 1966.

Agar Grove is the largest council Community Investment Programme (CIP) scheme to date, as well as the largest Passivhaus scheme in the UK. This is a truly community-oriented project that will deliver new high-quality homes for existing residents whilst additionally creating rented, shared ownership and private homes to make better spatial use of the  estate to meet Camden's future housing needs.

PBA has supported the architect on engineering constraints, carrying out forensic engineering studies on the existing retained tower block and providing multi-disciplinary technical support for the overall master plan; which creates more liveable spaces between buildings, allowing people to move easily across, through and within the site. In order for the client to address fuel poverty issues in the borough, it was also important to minimise the space heating and electrical demand for new units. 

We provided structural, civil, transport, geotechnical, noise, air quality and flood risk services.

The project was granted planning permission by unanimous vote in April 2014.

“Thank you very much for all your hard work and collaboration in achieving planning consent on the Agar Grove Estate regeneration project. This is a fantastic milestone for Camden and PBA. From a design perspective, the masterplan is exceptional in all aspects of design, from the master plan layout right through to the detailed design. It is evident that the masterplan comprises a  highly sustainable form of development which is strongly supported by residents.”