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Farrells completes £7m housing scheme for key workers

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This Hammersmith and Fulham housing development comprising 29 apartments, half of which are affordable, completed this week

The site – previously inhabited by an unused recording studio and parking – had undergone significant alterations, resulting in the loss of much of its original character. Designed and delivered by Farrells, the new scheme provides studio, one and two bed apartments for rent, hoping to attract London workers with 50 per cent of the units available as affordable housing. The fit-outs are designed to maximise space and offer flexibility to residents.

The scheme is split over three, four and five-storey brick buildings in an L-shape footprint facing Marcus Garvey Park, affording green views. The Wienerberger ‘Hectic Special’ bricks chosen for the façades help to blend the two blocks – one in ‘oyster white’ and the larger block in darker tones – not only with each other, but with neighbouring residences. Green roofs, living walls, photovoltaic panels and quality material selection coupled with daylighting provisions, high levels of insulation, airtightness and shading means the development achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

Gorleston 5618 hr

Gorleston 5618 hr

The design hopes to set high standards for affordable housing by offering balconies, roof terraces and a communal courtyard garden to provide private outdoor amenity space for all residents. Underfloor heating and inbuilt storage provides additional space efficiencies for residents while the open-plan living areas create flexible spaces, and storey-height windows fill the interiors with daylight.

Dolphin Living was set up with the sole aim of providing key worker accommodation in central London. On completion, Dolphin manages its developments and the units are held in perpetuity to prevent them becoming private in future. 

1 ground floor plan

1 ground floor plan

Ground floor plan

Architect’s view

Working Londoners are those on demanding hours, sometimes shift work, and modest pay in London; they need comfortable, affordable and well-designed spaces to keep them safe, happy and healthy. Choosing high-quality materials, such as a Wienerberger ‘Hectic Special’ brick, was an important part of the design objective for Farrells. Features such as these and the living walls, in keeping with its leafy surroundings, will help the scheme keep the residents healthier and ensure the building design remains sensitive to the neighbouring residences.

Peter Barbalov, project partner, Farrells

Project data

Gross internal area 1,510m²
Project value £7 million
Start on site May 2016
Completion June 2017
Structural engineer Iesis
M&E contractor Allenbuild
Main contractor Allenbuild
QS Allenbuild
Landscape architect Allen Allen Partnership
Interior designer Farrells

4 brick detail 1

4 brick detail 1

Construction detail

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  • Decent, well detailed design - but I wonder if the impact sound insulation performance of the floor construction is challenged by hard floor finishes? Some housing associations object to this, but perhaps the underfloor heating detail enhances the resistance to impact sound transmission.

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