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Dexter Moren provides for birds and bats with Westminster flats

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Dexter Moren Architects (DMA) has won planning permission to redevelop part of central London's Westminster with this new apartment block.

The project, backed by CP Holdings, will provide 14 'luxury' flats, with the ground floor being used as a showroom, on 151 Park Road.

According to the practice, the design was strongly influenced by its 'ecological context', due to its close proximity to Regent's Park and St John's Wood Church Grounds.

This meant that the designs had to feature habitats for pipistrelle and horseshoe bats and species of bird life.

DMA associate Mark Wood said: 'Our team has consulted with a number of specialists to ensure that the development will enhance the biodiversity of the area by creating habitats for a number of protected species in the nearby nature conservation sites.'

The design, Wood said, was also developed to ensure continuity was maintained throughout the different building functions such as the ground-floor showroom and the apartments.

'High-quality materials such as limestone and brass cladding will be arranged in different planes from one another to create a high degree of layering. This will also give the building an inherent feel of robustness,' Wood said.

by Richard Vaughan

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