Construction has started on a 15-storey housing block in Battersea by Jo Cowen Architects, which will be the emerging practice’s largest scheme to date
Dubbed The View, the 39-home scheme close to Battersea Park and the Latchmere Conservation Area in south London is being jointly funded by the practice and up-and-coming developer West Eleven.
The ‘slender lightweight building’ includes luxury flats and a trio of penthouse apartments as well as 30 per cent affordable housing.
The lower three floors will house 1,500m² of serviced office space. The £18million proposals will also replace a Harris Academy sports hall, next to the development, with a new four-court facility shared by the school and the local community.
Practice director Jo Cowen, an associate at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners before co-founding the Fulham-based firm four years ago, said: ‘Developments such as this provide the opportunity to create stunning buildings for London and give back to the local community. This mixed-use scheme will offer not only homes but offices, public spaces and even a new sports hall.’
Work is expected to complete in early 2020.
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The architect’s view
Taking cues from its surroundings, the 15-storey project will sit comfortably amongst the nearby 10, 13, 21 and 22-storey buildings, offering views across the park towards the City of London. Framed by an external concrete structure, a series of vertical glass and fabric fins on the residential levels will act as a veil, directing views out over London while preventing overlooking.
At the top of the scheme, three landscaped terraces step down and offer a mix of private and communal spaces for the residents.
At its base, a triple-height glazed façade connects the three-storey office facility to the newly formed public realm that opens up the corner site, ensuring the scheme is connected to a vibrant street life.
These offices will be designed as large open-plan areas that can easily be reconfigured as the needs of the occupying companies change over time.
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Client - West Eleven
Project Manager – Athene Management LLP
Architect - Jo Cowen architects
Landscape architect - Randle Siddeley
Planning consultant - JLL
Structural engineer - Waterman Structures
M&E consultant - Hulley and Kirkwood
Quantity surveyor - Corrigan Gore and Street
Lighting consultant - Studio 29
Funding – OakNorth
Start on site date – Q2 2018
Completion date – Q1 2020
Contract duration – 24 months
Form of contract and/or procurement - Traditional form of Procurement
Total cost - £18million