This development provides 60 new homes for Westminster City Council, of which 19 units are affordable tenure and 41 for private sale. The scheme repairs the street edges around the site, re-establishing the urban block at an appropriate density for its central London location. Using varying heights and materials to help knit together the rapidly evolving streetscape, the formality of the facades reduces as you move away from the main road.
Changes in level are utilised to define the public/private boundary with a new active street frontage along Edgware Road. The building encloses a courtyard garden for the residents and has been designed around keeping the mature trees on the site and landscaped to tie in with what was already there, including improvements to the area around the existing residential tower. These public realm improvements help to ‘knit’ the neighbourhood together and connect the 20-storey tower with its surroundings.
|Client – Westminster City Council/Osborne|
|Structural Engineer – Robert Bird|
|M&E – CBG Consultants|
|Status – Completed April 2022|
|Number of residential units – 60|
|Commercial Unit – 2|
|Gross internal floor area – 7,683sqm|
|Sustainability rating – London Plan ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ (targeted to reach a minimum 20% reduction in carbon emissions over Part L 2013, plus offset payments for the remainder)|
|Photography: Tim Crocker|