• Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Housing

Granville New Homes, Brent

About:

This is our first phase of the regeneration of South Kilburn. The development accommodates 110 mixed occupancy dwellings, ranging from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom family duplexes. A youth centre is now a community landmark and a variety of public and communal outdoor spaces have been created.

We adapted the perimeter block typology of the masterplan to an atypical site – this creates a new hierarchy of outdoor spaces, from a new public pocket park to resident controlled communal gardens. We have also revived and reconnected the streetscape to private patios, roof terraces, balconies and window boxes. The arrangement of these outside spaces also creates a rhythm of modulated heights, from three to seven storeys, and a varied texture to the street frontages.

The thermal strategy and integrated landscaping contribute to the overall sustainable design while numerous consultation events, including a resident steering group, ensured our design addressed residents’ priorities. This meant living spaces are generous and flexible with lots of natural daylighting, and neighbourhood access has been cared for, including increasing natural surveillance and security.

Project Details:

Flagship phase of the regeneration of South Kilburn.

Client: London Borough of Brent

Construction Value: £19m

Completion: 2009

Location: Brent

Awards:

  • AJ100 Awards 2010: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 2010: Shortlist
  • Housing Design Awards 2010: Shortlisted
  • Building for Life Awards 2009: Winner
  • RIBA Awards 2006, Sustainability Award: Shortlist
  • Sustainable Housing Awards 2009, Sustainable Larger Social Housing Project of the Year: Finalist
  • Housing Design Awards 2006, Project: Shortlisted
  • Competition Winner 2005

Image: Tim Crocker