About London Borough of Camden

The London Borough of Camden directly manages a number of different properties in Camden, North London. This collection of new developments is being delivered as part of the Community Investment Programme and will be known as The Camden Collection. This includes a range of different properties, from large scale regeneration projects to smaller developments.

London Borough of Camden developments

XY Apartments, St Martin’s Walk, Agar Grove Estate and Abbey Road are all developments by the London Borough of Camden listed on HomeViews. All located in Camden in North London. A prominent development by the London Borough of Camden is the XY apartments, which are situated in an impressive 18 storey tower on York Way in King’s Cross. There are a range of 273 one and two-bedroom apartments at the development. 

London Borough of Camden reviews

“The XY Apartments development in north-west London couldn’t be closer to Kings Cross St Pancras. That is, unless it was actually built within the station itself. It’s therefore great for those after quick public transport links both further into the capital and for trips further afield. The Victoria, Northern, Circle, Metropolitan, Piccadilly and the Hammersmith and City lines all stop here, so commuters are almost spoilt for choice.” HomeViews Property Pro, XY Apartments

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4

Ratings

3.81 Rating

Rating (based on 17 reviews)

Excellent

29.41%

Very Good

35.29%

Average

29.41%

Disappointing

5.88%

Very Poor

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WILL be GREAT (4-5 stars), but spoiled right now by slow resolution of teething problems

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Location
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Management

Being next to Kings X Central is great and the homes are comfortable and represent good value.

There is also a good sense of community because we have had to get together to deal with many too many teething problems. Camden is responding but, in my opinion they hadn’t really understood what it takes to run a premium development. This means, while they say the processes and structures are now in place, still haven’t sorted out some fundamental issues with this development. Others have listed them, but here are the main ones:
– many of the units get much too hot (in the Tower especially), including at night. We think this may be due to the unvented hot water header tank in the same room as the ventilation unit, as well as a lack of lagging to the water pipes in the main services, which makes upper floor landings really warm. The benefit of this is some people NEVER have to put their heating on.
– there isn’t yet in place a process to clean the exterior pillars of the buildings. We are working on this.
– rubbish collection is unreliable because of uncontrolled parking on the estate behind (blocks the trucks)
– there have been multiple failures to hot water and lifts – though Camden claim these are fully resolved, we are yet to see concrete evidence of these (the lifts in 9c did fail recently)
– there aren’t yet abseiling points to the Tower roof which means the balcony glass to floors 5+ isn’t cleaned – again we are working with Camden on this
– transparency around the service charge is poor
– there are some people who have had significant numbers of snagging issues that remain unresolved. To be fair Camden have just instituted a new programme to try to get these finally fixed, but again, we are yet to see if this happens

More positively:
– we are able to deal with Camden CIP team at the highest levels, and they appear to have a positive attitude and a desire to change things. They say they have put processes in place that should improve all service to CIP residents (not just XY), but we are yet to see ANY REAL IMPROVEMENT to services. They are a council and they are SLOW.
– Savills and Camden’s direct management team reports has improved dramatically in terms of communications responsiveness, but problem resolution remains poor
– the concierge team are now really great, and the service they give has improved because of residents’ feedback
– there’s a good sense of community here and an informal residents’ group (ask at concierge, they can put you in touch)
– the buildings are secure and generally we have few security issues considering it’s an urban development, although there are one or two issues with specific people in a specific block that still need sorting out
– York Way is up and coming, but represents great value vs N1C, which is obscenely expensive!: the old Fayers site will eventually be replaced with new buildings, there are new plush offices opening in April 2020, Egg will be moving backward from York Way and further down Vale Royal (once Fayers is demolished), Tileyard (look it up) encourages young creative people to work in the area, Two Tribes and Little Creatures breweries are nearby and are great, the lower section of York Way (Kings X triangle extension) will soon develop and will have shops etc., and Facebook, Google, Adidas are all building offices in N1C…

In short, if you are looking to rent or buy, I would pause a few months, but do come back to these reviews once things have improved. We are keen that XY realises its true potential and many of us are working hard to ensure it does. We will be sure to shout about the improvements when they do, eventually, happen!

If you do intend to buy, these flats really do represent good value (that was one positive finding from the survey we conducted), so you WILL be comfortable and happy here. We just want you to be aware of these bumps in the road, so do get in touch with the residents’ group. I would negotiate very hard with Camden, and I would ask to be shown the units they are not listing – there are plenty that are unsold right now (Brexit I suspect), but I bet they aren’t listing all the available units right now.

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Absolutely love my home

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Design
5
Location
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Value
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Management

I’m a private tenant and was lucky enough to be offered a Camden Living apartment. Prior to this I was in accommodation that was more than double the monthly rent and didn’t meet my needs as a disabled person. My XY flat is built with wheelchair accessibility in mind and is massive by London standards with loads of storage, underfloor heating and a balcony.

The flats were built onto the Eastern side of Maiden Lane estate, which is a large low rise council estate . Obviously my carer and I came to have a look at the area before we accepted the tenancy (I’m amazed that some purchasers of these properties claim to know nothing about it’s existence – it’s a thousand dwellings that have been here since the sixties – hard to miss). Obviously there is some antisocial behaviour which comes with such high density occupation – I haven’t witnessed any crime, but it is noisy, especially since there’s a nightclub on York Way. This can be a real problem during the summer, as the flats get very hot. Contrary to what another reviewer states, there is ventilation – an air-exchange system – but in the temperatures of 35 degrees plus this isn’t enough to cool the flats.

However, the flats are triple glazed, which means that when you shut the door, you can hear a pin drop which is amazing considering we’re slap bang in central London. This extra insulation means we barely need to use the heating even in mid winter, so our heating bills are very low.

We have a very helpful aftercare team who have helped us with any problems.

Despite the few cons listed above, I LOVE my apartment. Without it I would have the choice of a private rented bedsit with my carer sleeping on the sofa, or to have to move out of London away from my community. Camden Living have provided a precious lifeline to Londoners on a low income.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Pros
Brilliant transport links
Lovely community
Cons
Poverty and antisocial behaviour
Gentrification

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

A quick Google streetview will tell you almost everything you need to know about the area. I wish we had a loading area on my street (Broadfield Lane) as it’s hard to receive deliveries. There hasn’t been the promised maintenance of the communal areas which is a real shame.

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Great experience in central london but overpriced

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Location
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Value
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The overall development is in general pretty good. There are many facilities available for the tenants. The housing conditions are a little bit in a bad condition as they are old and the rent prices, i believe you have to pay are overpriced.

Please tell us more about the location and surrounding area to your development
There are many shops available. You can find many groceries stores, barbers, restaurants and the transportation links are very good

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Make sure you have clean neighbours if you have a balcony as you might experience mice issues

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Modern and hi spec development in an ideal location, within a £3bn regeneration project.

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Great design in the flats and the communal areas. Done to a very high spec, with highest quality materials. Most flats offer incredible views of London, with clear views stretching from the shard and St Paul’s to Canary wharf. Polite and helpful concierge always there to help and there 24 7.

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The King’s Cross redevelopment has been incredible, you can see why this development has been the most expensive in Europe. From the new modern shopping centre, the weekly canopy markets, everyman cinema to dishoom, the area has everything. Not only that but to the amazing transport links you can be in Edinburgh, Cornwall or even Paris and Amsterdam in hours. The best part is that there’s still so much development left to happen, including a new food court, leisure centre and arrival of the new Google HQ.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing, everything was per expectations. Make sure you find out about the area and the amount of investment in the area long term. This was the big seller of King’s Cross.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Responded well to issues and helped with snagging and defects

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