Maida Vale, London
The third in a series of infill projects won through Westminster City Council’s procurement framework, this scheme provides 20 sheltered homes with communal social space, built around the HAPPI (Housing our Aging Population: Panel for Innovation) principles for housing the elderly. It will provide homes for people already living in the area, allowing them to ‘right size’ into Part M (4) fully accessible accommodation, whilst remaining in their neighbourhood.
A key challenge was developing a scheme that delivers the number of homes needed for viability, whilst considering the 32 car parking spaces that were already on the site. Using our technical expertise, DMA were able to develop a number of options very quickly and accurately in BIM to assess key criteria such as massing, daylighting and overlooking and give them a weighting. This, together with 3D visual models, provided a clear, holistic comparison to help make informed decisions and get the balance of accommodation right, providing desirable homes with specialist needs that help to create an inclusive community.
|Client – Westminster City Council|
|Status – Planning approval October 2020|
|Number of residential units – 20|
|Gross internal floor area – 1,820sqm|
|Sustainability rating – 35% improvement on Building Regulations|