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Kingsgate House

location: Kings Road, London SW10

year:  2010 - Current

client: Lancer Properties

The building will provide 43 exemplarily off-site affordable housing units off-site provision for the redevelopment of the De Vere Gardens site in Kensington also owned by the client. The site has been identified by RBKC as an important architectural opportunity and requiring a ‘statement’ building.

The site area is approximately 1345m2 (0.13 hectares) Horden Cherry Lee Architects were appointed in March 2010 to design a high quality and striking design for affordable housing on this very visible and prominent site, the planning application was submitted in July 2010 and is expected to be determined in January 2011.

Horden Cherry Lee Architects, in conjunction with the client and design team, have established key principle design and environmental objectives for the design.

These are:

• The quality architecture that is worthy of this important site and responds, in a modern expression, to the handsome stuccoed Victorian estates that emanate from King’s Road.

• Provide residential apartments that meet or exceed the London Housing Design Guide recommendations, satisfy all the criteria for Lifetime Homes, comply with RBKC LDF Access Design Guide and include the provision of private amenity space for every apartment.

• To be an exemplar sustainable building with an energy strategy that benefits from its open southerly aspect and achieves Level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes.

• To approach environmental issues holistically including retention and reuse of existing building substructure, minimize site waste and noise using modern composite ply panel construction, and overtly integrating the renewable energy systems into the architecture of the façades.

• Provide maximum light and views to all apartments whilst protecting the privacy of its occupants and minimizing impact on adjacent neighbours through carefully location of terraces, windows and screening structures.

• Propose durable materials with careful robust detailing to minimise maintenance and ensure long-term durability of the building.

The design has been thoroughly developed technically and tested against existing and emerging policies and statutory requirements. It has been presented to the planners and RBKC Design Panel.