The design and construction of an 8-storey residential building, made up of 24 new build apartments ranging of 1, 2 and 3-bed units and two 4-bed penthouses. Works included drainage and external landscaping works, and a small retail/commercial space on the ground floor.
All of the new apartments achieved “Code for Sustainable Homes” Level 4+ and the ground floor commercial unit has a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. To achieve this, a central plant room with a combined heat and power engine was installed to serve the homes, along with solar photovoltaic panels, which reduce energy demand by 20.42% for the whole site.
The development was strongly influenced by its surroundings, with decorative brick panelling and bronze coloured styled windows framing the setting for the apartments. The proposed façade was a handmade brick wall effect with several coursing styles and several stepped recesses mixed throughout. Early in the design process, it was realised that building such a complex design traditionally with bricklayers was not a viable option. The ultimately solution was to use precast brick panels manufactured off site and installed in sections using a tower crane. Thus, reducing construction time and disruption to the local area, while also achieving consistency and a high-quality finish.
This high-end residential development is located within a stone’s throw of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. It fits seamlessly within this world-renowned area via careful and sympathetic design focused on the brick façade.