[First look] PRP has completed this 153-residential unit scheme in Kilburn, north London
The project for the London Borough of Brent and housing association L&Q features 113 affordable, 20 shared ownership and 20 private sale apartments.
The ‘tenure blind’ Watling Place scheme on Albert Road is phase one of a £600 million regeneration masterplan covering 48 hectares in South Kilburn.
PRP’s design features 11-storey blocks clad in an Italian porcelain clay composite rain screen and smaller low-rise buildings.
PRP associate director Bhupinder Singh Chawla said: ‘Watling Place demonstrates that high quality design and delivery using superior materials can be achieved within the confines of a challenging budget. The scheme provides the highest standard of housing for residents and the uplifting impact to the surrounding area is immediately apparent.’
Featuring photovoltaic panels, triple glazed windows and green roofs, the project has been designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes 4*. The project also features communal gardens with play areas.
Adam Simpson, assistant director at L&Q said: ‘Completion of Watling Place is testament to the many years of hard work and perseverance of all involved in the scheme.
The distinctive design sets the standard for future phases
‘The distinctive design creates a striking local landmark, and really sets the standard for future phases of development within the masterplan.’
Andy Donald, director of regeneration and major projects at the London Borough of Brent added: ‘This is a fantastic scheme – the regeneration of South Kilburn is already transforming the area and is having a really positive impact on local people’s lives. Regeneration gives people better quality homes and brings more opportunities and jobs into the area. That is why it is front and centre of everything we do in Brent.’
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