Highwood Court,
Harlesden, London


A development of nine new-build sustainable homes, Highwood Court is built on a former industrial courtyard site once occupied by a mannequin workshop amongst a number of manufacturing and trade uses over its 120-year history.

Acquired by SUSD in 2005, the site posed a range of planning and logistical challenges, which had to be overcome. By being bordered by 26 separate owners, a highly sensitive approach was required to resolve all the Party Wall and neighbour issues. Additionally access was complex due to the compact nature of the site, reachable only through a narrow alleyway.

Highwood Court benefits from its immediate connection to all of Harlesden’s amenities (local shops, transport) and multi-cultural social mix. By locating an affordable, environmentally-responsible development built using modern methods of construction in such a central location, SUSD intends to illustrate a new model for city centre living and nurture urban communities sustainably. It encourages multi-demographic groups and proves that it is possible to attain a feeling of retreat and security within a busy urban context.