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Lipton Plant submits plans for 79 homes in south-west London

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Lipton Plant Architects has lodged plans to replace a former light industrial site in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, with a 79 home development

The project in Hampden Road, which steps up in height from three to seven storeys, also includes a ‘work hub’, play areas and a police station serving the local community.

The 6,600m² scheme close to the Hogsmill River includes 21 affordable homes and space for 184 cycles. It was submitted to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames earlier this year.

A future timescale is not yet known.

Lpa ham model 3

Lpa ham model 3

The architect’s view

The scheme has taken inspiration from the site’s boundary on the Hogsmill River Valley and the historic role the Thames and its tributaries have played in shaping London’s abundant natural landscapes, the development brings together the two opposing positions: nature and the built form. The architecture of the development has been designed to knit together the site’s unique contextual juxtaposition – the urban and natural landscapes. The Hogsmill River is a transition and boundary between two contrasting landscapes.

The building mediaties between the fine-grain suburban form of the street and the expansive green spaces of the Hogsmill River Valley 

The building and its landscape provides a gateway environment, mediating between the fine grain, hard edge suburban form of the street and the expansive green spaces of the Hogsmill River Valley beyond. It has been designed as a carefully counterbalanced celebration of two co-existing yet contrasting landscapes, one urban and one rural; a contrast that has been created and preserved thanks to the Hogsmill River.

It is a building that is built around the principles of controlled yet contrasting views from the ground up, but is carefully manipulated to equally balance the contrasting views of urban development and the open and undeveloped, of urban and rural landscapes.

It is a celebratory portrait of a London suburban landscape, and a key feature of 21st-century London – the greenest metropolis in Europe.

Lpa ham plan ground

Plan - ground floor

Project data

Location 65 Hampden Road, Kingston Upon Thames
Type of project Residential with commercial elements
Client Conegate
Architect Lipton Plant Architects
Landscape architect Outer Space
Planning consultant Boyer
Structural engineer Conisbee
M&E consultant MCM Group / Sustainability - Hodgkinson
Quantity surveyor Pierce Hill
CDM adviser Undisclosed
Main contractor n/a
Funding Undisclosed
Tender date To be confirmed
Start on site date To be confirmed
Contract duration To be confirmed
Gross internal floor area 6,600m²
Form of contract To be confirmed
Total cost Undisclosed

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  • For such a high density development in this area the architect's view seems to be somewhat at odds with reality, and perhaps this explains why we're not treated to any images of the seven storey backside (cliff?) on the East boundary. Maybe it's the green roofs that 'mediate'.

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