Magenta Court, Apsley

Magenta Court is a new affordable housing scheme, situated on a tightly constrained brownfield site, which previously formed part of the Apsley Paper Mill. The scheme comprises of 4 buildings, between 2 and 4 storeys, and provides 29no, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, all for social rent.

It was traditionally built with concrete hollow-core planks and modern triple glazed windows designed to match the existing local architecture. Internal partitions and ceilings were designed to perform 8dB better than the building regulation requirement.

Environmental friendly roof tiles were used and other features including internal and external LED lighting, with air testing achieving beyond compliance and significantly less than building regulations and low SAP ratings from the new gas boiler central heating systems.

It occupies a central position in the village, neighbouring the Grand Union Canal and was identified by Dacorum Borough Council as viable for development.

Project Overview

Client Dacorum Borough Council
Value £6,500,000
Duration Mar 2019 - Sep 2020
Contract Type JCT 2016 Design & Build



Quantity Surveyor

John Lester Partnership

Project Manager

John Lester Partnership

Structural Engineer

PEP Civil & Structures

Services Consultant

Waterstone Design


  • Best Small Social Housing Development

    LABC Awards
    WINNER | 2021

  • Housing Project of the Year

    Herts Building & Construction Awards
    WINNER | 2021

  • Best Scheme in Planning

    National Housing Awards
    FINALIST | 2019

  • Project of the Year

    National Building & Construction Awards (NBCA)
    FINALIST | 2021

  • People & Places Award

    LABC Awards
    FINALIST | 2021

  • Best Development (Urban - Outside London)

    Inside Housing Development Awards
    FINALIST | 2021

  • Best Design for 4 Storeys or more

    Housebuilder Awards
    FINALIST | 2021

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