5 Unique Residential Projects
Aug 29, 2018
1. KING SQUARE ESTATE
Phase two will consist of a total of 93 new homes in four new buildings, of which 47 units will be for social rent, four for shared ownership and the rest will be private sale, which will help fund the new homes for social rent and the estate improvements.
“We are delighted to have been appointed on the second phase of King Square following our successful delivery of phase one.”
Higgins Construction plc
“Like the rest of London, Islington faces a massive shortage of genuinely affordable homes, and we’re committed to building more homes for social rent.”
Cllr Diarmaid Ward
The existing King Square Estate site consists of 350 homes in an area of 1.98 hectares. The Estate consists of 3 main sections: Turnpike House, a residential building of 20 storeys with 154 flats in the building, it also contains 9 single storey studio flats. These 9 units are the only part of the existing residential accommodation in King Square Estate that form part of the redevelopment proposals. Rahere House comprises of the 17 storey, 96 unit Rahere House which houses the nursery on the ground floor. Linking the east and west of the Estate is an Estate road with the 6 storey President House, which consists of 91 studio, 1 and 2 bed flats. The King Square Estate development and regeneration scheme arose out of the need to redevelop the Moreland Primary School site. There seems to be a regeneration boom in London, producing a rising demand in social housing as the population increases.
2. SALISBURY PLAIN
Lovell has been awarded this impressive £250 million contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to build more than 917 new homes for troops and their families relocating from Germany to Salisbury Plain in South Wiltshire as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP).
Working to a handover rate of 20 homes a week, the complex, high-volume fast-track homes project will be the company’s largest-ever contracting scheme. This huge scheme will be spread over three sites with 225 homes in Bulford, 450 Larkhill and 242 Ludgershall with a completion date of May 2020.
“I am delighted that his contract has been awarded; this signifies a major milestone in the delivery of the Army Basing Programme.”
“We are extremely proud to be continuing our partnership with the MOD through the award of this major scheme on Salisbury Plain.”
The scheme compromises of 196 residential units, 163 two bedrooms houses & 33 four bedrooms houses, land for public open space, play areas, landscaping, internal roads, associated infrastructure works, sewer systems, cable laying, infrastructure, enabling works and access roads. Lovell has had to overcome challenges such as excavating and mapping the network of trenches, tunnels and dug outs, ensuring that this development is not only unique in its handover rate.
3. KIDBROOKE VILLAGE
Despite being one of the largest residential projects in London, wellbeing and social sustainability are at the heart of this 1bn regeneration, these qualities are engrained in the lifestyle of Kidbrook Village, located in one of London's most popular locations, the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
This award winning development will host 4 distinct neighbours: the Village Centre acts as the hub of the village with Kidbrooke station on the doorstep as well as a Sainsbury's Local, shops, cafe, health centre, Centrum Court, Birch House and Agora Court. The other 3 neighbourhood’s compromise of: Meridian Gate, Blackheath Quarter and finally City Point which lies adjacent to Sutcliffe Park, an established Green Flag status environment. This distinct regeneration will consist of demolition of buildings and construction of 1,257 residential units, 3,262m2 retail / commercial units, 345m2 of restaurants, 5,713m2 of community, 2,696m2 of supermarket, a public square and 35 hectares of open space. What will truly make this development a landmark destination are the waterways of Cator Park, as a haven for wildlife, these diverse habitats have been protected in partnership with London Wildlife Trust. Once again a nod to the sense of wellbeing and social sustainability that shrouds this development.
The Berkeley Group describes social sustainability as being: ‘ … about people’s quality of life, now and in the future. It describes the extent to which a neighbourhood supports individual and collective wellbeing.’
This rings true throughout the development as regeneration today is about people, places and communities, it's about creating sustainable spaces where people want to live and work. Kidbrooke Village has replaced the Ferrier Estate, built between 1968 and 1972, it was viewed as inaccessible and isolated from the surrounding areas. This was due to it having a very different character to the local area and was ultimately beset by severe social and economic problems.
4. EMBASSY GARDENS
Embassy Gardens which is at the heart of Nine Elms is the last piece of a 30 year regeneration puzzle, with the regeneration of the Southbank being one of the most exciting in London; this previously forgotten area of Thames side London has gone through an amazing transformation.
The architectural style is distinctive, with apartments standing amongst landscaped public squares, parks and spectacular gardens. With the relocation of the US embassy to the area, directly across the river from Pimlico, and the nearby regeneration of Battersea Power Station, Embassy Gardens is the centrepiece of the last great new district in the centre of London.
The scheme compromises of 9 buildings of up to 23 storeys and a maximum overall floorspace of 249,604 sqm which includes between 1,601 and 1,994 residential units, (including affordable housing), and 6,750 sqm of serviced apartments. There will also be up to 12,098 sqm of retail, financial and professional services, cafe/restaurant, bar and takeaway uses. Between 17,900 sqm and 51,725 sqm of office floorspace, 10,950 sqm of hotel use, 750 sqm of community uses and 3650 sqm of assembly and leisure uses. Amenities of the highest standard include the private Eagle club with its own library and gym, the world-famous Sky Pool, as well as a spa, cinema, business facilities, an indoor and an outdoor pool, gym, spa, health club, library, cinema, yoga studio.
Ballymore believe its developments improve, enrich and enhance people’s lives, proven by the ambitious projects and the amenities included such as the Sky Pool. This is the world’s first ‘floating’ swimming pool, spanning the Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings. Once installed, the 25-metre long acrylic pool will allow members of the development’s exclusive Eagle Club to glide between buildings 35 metres up in the sky. With the recent relocation of embassies Nine Elms is to be London’s ‘diplomatic precinct’, bringing a new air of prestige and a transformed local economy. Transforming Embassy Gardens into one of the best postcodes in London.
Alongside the towers there will be no shortage of amenities with children’s play area, an expansive indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art gym, a residents’ lounge, hospitality services and 9,924 square feet of communal gardens. Perhaps this development will lead the way for London fashion branded residences in attempts to maintain high standards in prestigious areas.