Abell & Cleland are arranged around shared landscaped courtyards and generous glazed lobbies, including where planting within Cleland House that emerges onto the street as a welcoming planter for all to enjoy. The amenities comprise comprises a gym, pool, sauna, and business suite distributed across both buildings which encourages a sense of community. There is a children’s play area at Abell House and Berkeley also contributed towards the renovation of a nearby playground in Victoria Tower Gardens and extensive public realm improvements around the site to increase pedestrian areas and reduce traffic dominance.

Planning History

Following an invited competition, DSDHA was commissioned by Berkeley Homes in 2010 to replace two ex-government buildings close to Westminster, Tate Britain and adjacent to MI5, with a mix of private and affordable housing. Planning Consent was obtained in March 2012. DSDHA provided full services for RIBA Stages A-D, and acted as Client Design Architect for Stages E+. The buildings were completed in 2017.

Project Team

Architect: DSDHA
Developer: Berkeley Homes Urban Renaissance Ltd

Development Data

Site size (ha): 0.7531
Date of completion: 01/2017
Schedule of accommodation: Undisclosed
Tenure mix: 75% private 25% affordable
Size of typical home: 228
Parking spaces: 234

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