Client L&Q (London)
Location London, UK
Status On the boards
This regeneration scheme for a number of modest sites currently occupied by the local NHS involves restoration of local streets with contemporary terraced housing and low-rise apartments, to provide 180 homes and a new health centre on Garratt Lane.
Victorian streets provide a template for the repair of the public realm: a simple network of streets flanked by buildings following the same lines and making a clear distinction between public and private open spaces. Original routes, lost over the past century, are re-instated, improving connections between the residential neighbourhood and the busier Garratt Lane.
A new health centre occupying a prominent corner plot along Garratt Lane will anchor the development and leave people in no doubt that the area has changed for the better. Complementing rather than competing with the listed Earlsfield House opposite, this building creates a gateway to the more domestic hinterland, itself renewed with a robust streetscape, new public spaces and high quality new homes.
A new public space, de Bernières Place, is the heart of the scheme, flanked by rows of terraced houses and townhouses. Generously landscaped, it allows access for pedestrians and cyclists but will be closed to non-essential vehicle access. Terraced houses are designed to complement their Victorian neighbours and to repair gaps in street frontage created by the existing NHS buildings.
The architecture is contemporary in its composition and expression but subtle and timeless in its palette of materials. Brick is the predominant facing material, with accents provided by slate, metal, timber and glass.