The brief was to redevelop an existing office building located within an industrial estate to maximise the lands development potential.
Working closely with the client, Grade Planning, ReForm Architects and the London Borough of Brent, we developed a planning strategy that respected the current planning policy ensuring there was no loss of commercial office space. The design of the main façade provided protection from the existing pollution, noise and overlooking. Provision of 51 new apartments including socially rented and affordable apartments and 1,400 sq/m of new office space, car and cycle parking transformed the quality and amount of accommodation to the site.
A sustainable design approach integrated private balconies, communal greens spaces, including children’s play area and high quality landscaping. A south facing communal courtyard and roof gardens provides amenity space for all the residents. Photovoltaic cells to the roof provide renewable energy along with green roofs. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery is proposed for lower energy bills. Acoustic attenuation to all residential apartments to protect against the existing commercial uses and traffic back ground noise is provided. A sustainable urban drainage solution design is proposed along with cycle parking for residents, office workers and visitors.
The eight, six and three storey buildings are designed with a framed structure allowing either steel or concrete. A pallet of cladding materials and fenestration types reflect the differing massing including a terracotta rain screen, facing bricks and feature panels.
The proposal provides an innovative sustainable design solution to a constrained site maximising the development potential of the existing property.
Floor Area: 5,150 sq/m residential and 1,400 sq/m commercial