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Assael scoops planning for £100m London square

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[First look] Assael Architecture has won planning permission for this project to create a new ‘Georgian’ residential square in Fulham, London

The 0.8 hectare scheme creates 40 houses on the site of a former garages, retaining an Edwardian arched entrance which is locally listed.

Described as a ‘contemporary interpretation of Georgian proportions’, the stone and brick project features a symmetrical plan and underground private garages.

A communal garden will be located at the centre of the development which is named Farm Lane.

Adam Lawrence, chief executive of project developer London Square, said: ‘We are creating a new square for London, continuing the legacy of the capital and its historic squares. Our inspiration came from Wellington Square, just off the King’s Road in Chelsea.  Assael’s design reflects the proportions of Wellington Square, with its four-storey terraced houses.

‘Farm Lane will combine the very best features of the classic London square with modern design, contemporary interiors and first-class specification. The mix of townhouses and apartments, green space and pedestrianised square will create a great community for families and young professionals.’

The project is planned to start on site this summer and complete in 2015.


Architect’s View: John Assael

London Square development, Farm Lane

Developed at the turn of the 1900’s, the Farm Lane Trading Estate has since suffered from access constraints, building condition and night time use within a predominantly residential area.  Our designs will bring it back to life by creating a development that emulates the success of traditional London squares.

The scheme integrates the site into the surrounding residential area, retaining the locally listed entrance arches and railings of the Farm Lane Trading Estate and reducing the existing building massing to provide an open pedestrian square for the residents, with parking provided in underground private garages.

The townhouses and apartments along Farm Lane have been designed to extend the existing terraced housing with proportions and materials that reflect the local architecture and adjacent property at 99 Farm Lane.  They are two storey white render houses with slate mansard top floors connecting to the existing arches to provide a secure entrance.

Beyond the grand double arched entrance, the site opens up to reveal an impressive landscaped urban square surrounded on three sides by terraced townhouses designed as a contemporary interpretation of Georgian principles. The symmetrical square has terraces either side with the end terraces acting as a focal point fronted by three landscaped lawns, divided by pathways and tree planting, encouraging interaction and community within the development.

With a strong attention to refined construction detailing, the palette of materials used across the square has been selected to respect the existing context while giving the new buildings their own modern identity.  The ground floor elevation is stone clad with the floors above being London stock brick with stone cornices wrapping around the parapet as the base to the zinc standing seam roofs. A mix of dormer windows and set back terraces give a varied roof profile, with uniform use for material.

Modern aluminium windows are set with stone reveals. At the end of the vista through the urban square, two houses frame the view and benefit from sympathetic but crisply detailed entrances. Deep reveals and large entrance doors give the houses a suitable sense of grandeur within this bespoke environment.

The end result will be a new square befitting its prominent location in south west London.


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