Westminster councillors have approved a 112-home mixed-use scheme by Child Graddon Lewis near the Grand Union Canal in central London
The local authority’s Planning Applications Sub Committee voted at a virtual meeting this month to grant consent to the practice’s three-block scheme on Harrow Road.
As well as residential apartments, the scheme will contain a nursery, a community centre, a café and office space.
The blocks will be five, eight and 15 storeys high, plus plant and core elements. They will be built following demolition of existing community centre and nursery buildings on the site.
Planning officers said that despite a number of objections to the scheme on grounds of its scale, the designs introduced a greater density, height and mass to the site ’in a way which minimises townscape harm’.
Westminster Builds, a council-owned company established to deliver regeneration and development projects, is the client for the scheme. Willmott Dixon is the contractor.
Sustainability features include renewable energy from air source heat pumps and solar panels; rainwater collection; and living roofs. A ‘playable landscape’ will link the development to an existing canalside park.
Child Graddon Lewis said its scheme ’significantly improves’ connectivity between Harrow Road and the canal.
The practice added that the layout of each flat had been designed to maximise views through to the canal. Active frontages provided a sense of place and created a safe and secure environment for residents, it said.
Child Graddon Lewis director James Felstead said the scheme ’shows how good quality design can help unlock latent opportunity on existing brownfield land despite complex constraints’.
Child Graddon Lewis’ approved Harrow Road scheme in Westminster - residential plan
Name Harrow Road
Location Westminster, London
Client Westminster City Council
Architect Child Graddon Lewis
Contractor Willmott Dixon
Landscape Allen Pyke Associates
Consultation London Communications Agency
Project manager WSP
Gross residential internal area 10,657m²
Gross non-residential internal area 2,020m²
Child Graddon Lewis’ approved Harrow Road scheme in Westminster site plan lower-ground floor