Integrating into an existing urban design framework set out by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and located just over the road from Blackhorse Road tube station on the Victoria Line, this Build to Rent project comprises 440 residential apartments and townhouses with 2,000 sq m of flexible commercial and community space, including a microbrewery, grocery store and startup business units.
The design and layout of the five buildings, which range in height from ten to 16 storeys and are connected by elevated pedestrian walkways, focuses around the site’s environmental context, adjacent to the Site of Special Scientific Interest. Two hundred new trees, planting and grasses separate the reservoirs from the building to create an ecological corridor that protects local wildlife, attract new species and connect the site to the neighbouring emerging developments. Large areas of landscaping between the five buildings and the emerging sites also include a ‘civic’ space and a new ‘London square’ with woodland planting
The development has been designed using best practice design principles from the Build to Rent sector. All of the studios, one, two and three bedroom homes have a set of design features that makes them distinct from ‘for sale’ homes. This includes equally-sized bedrooms and robust materials whilst an emphasis on shared amenity spaces and public realm throughout the entire development creates a sense of social cohesion and offers a range of uses to suit residents’ needs and interests. These communal spaces include a high-quality gym, lobby and lounge, business hub for those working from home, and private event areas that can be hired for any occasion.
The affordable homes will be in the form of ‘discount market rent’, offered at a 20% discount and prioritised for local key workers, and will be ‘pepper-potted’ throughout the five buildings to create a truly tenure blind development.
The scheme was designed with the option to be built using traditional or off-site modular methods and will be managed and operated by Legal & General over the long term.