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FIRST LOOK

Child Graddon Lewis completes Westminster’s largest affordable housing scheme

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The 22-unit block overlooks the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove 

Built on a brownfield site, the scheme, developed for Westminster Community Homes, is the result of a £5.5 million investment from Westminster City Council, and is the borough’s largest 100% affordable housing scheme. The compact, one-bedroom housing model provides intermediate housing intended for first-time buyers saving for an onward move.

All apartments have private amenity space and the development includes two communal spaces – an entrance-level courtyard and a fourth-floor roof terrace. A layered façade uses perforated, sliding aluminium screens to provide solar shading and coloured glazed bricks were chosen to reference canal barge decoration.

The elevation facing Ladbroke Grove incorporates a traditional diaper pattern using projecting Viennese-dipped glazed bricks, while the elevation facing St John Terrace is clad in green glazed brick, topped by the external terrace.

17. ladbroke grove

17. ladbroke grove

Source: Richard Chivers

Architect’s view

This has been an exciting yet challenging project, working within a very restricted urban site. We worked closely with Westminster Community Homes to deliver their vision, while ensuring the project met affordable housing requirements and we’re delighted to see that this has been achieved.

Arita Morris, director and lead architect, Child Graddon Lewis

58. ladbroke grove cropped

58. ladbroke grove cropped

Source: Richard Chivers

Client’s view

Victoria Wharf has proven to be a great example of how a heavily constrained site in one of the most sought-after parts of London can be turned into a scheme worthy of modern living. The design has exceeded our expectations, not only providing the much-needed affordable living spaces, but also creating a building that is truly reflective and respectful of its surroundings. This is demonstrated in the exterior of the building and in how Child Graddon Lewis was able to reimagine key elements of its canal-side location, with bright barge colour details and diamond motif. This approach strongly ties Victoria Wharf to the local area while giving it a truly distinctive character.

Steve Moore, chief executive, Westminster Community Homes

Ground floor plan (1)

Ground floor plan (1)

Ground floor plan

Project data

Start on site June 2016
Completion December 2017
Net internal floor area 980m² 
Form of contract Two-stage tender. Partnering contract (ACA Std Form of Contract for Project Partnering (as amended 2008))
Construction cost £4.5 million
Construction cost per m2
 £4,592
Architect Child Graddon Lewis
Client Westminster Community Homes
Structural engineer Michael Barclay Partnership
M&E consultant Beveridge Associates
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant Philip Pank Partnership
Project manager Philip Pank Partnership (employer’s agent)
CDM coordinator
 Philip Pank Partnership
Approved building inspector NHBC
Main contractor Quinn London
CAD software used Revit
Annual CO2 emissions 15.59kg/m2

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