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Barratt London’s Kidderpore Green helps build Hampstead School of Art’s new campus.

Amy Smith, theatre and arts correspondent for Islington Tribune, looks at the unusual collaboration between “an independent not-for-profit art school and one of Britain’s biggest family house builders”. Kidderpore Green, Barratt London’s development in Hampstead, will “emerge from what was the King’s College reference library” and will also build the Hampstead School of Art’s new campus.

Kidderpore Green, located in one of north-west London's most popular and affluent suburbs, will bring a range of 128 new and refurbished homes to Hampstead. The design by architects Allies & Morrison includes a mix of new-build villa apartments, the conversion of the old Caroline Skeel Library into apartments and penthouses, the refurbishment of existing Arts and Craft buildings into duplexes and will also feature one large house fronting Platt’s Lane.

Isabel Langtry, Principal of the Hampstead School of Art, has been watching the build progress on Kidderpore Avenue and says of Barratt London: “We haven’t looked back. They’ve been brilliant.”  Barratt London is working with Allies & Morrison to create an “ambitious four-storey, purpose-built art school” alongside the development. The Hampstead School of Art was founded in 1946, but has already had to move three times since its foundation. Langtry is looking forward to the new campus Barratt London is creating for the school, and the “charm [that] will flow into the new building, even planning to transplant some of the flooring.”

Kidderpore Green is due to launch in September 2015. A major draw to the area is its cluster of highly regarded schools making it popular with families, with children of all ages. The ease of access to the City and West End just furthers the development’s appeal.

 Follow the link to read the full Art at the heart of Hampstead article on camdenreview.com