The scheme centres around a large communal garden available to all new residents and those living within the existing tower. The open green landscape integrates natural play opportunities. Private amenity space is provided via large external balconies, recessed on the street frontages and projecting over the garden. Ground floor family home terraces/gardens provide a buffer to the shared garden. A new cobbled mews and landscaped public realm integrate planting and external lighting. Markland Gardens has been re-landscaped to open up the development to the existing estate.

Planning History

In 2008 planning permission for development at Holland Park School was subject to a unilateral undertaking, requiring the provision of 63 affordable homes, 600sqm of D1 use, open space and parking. In June 2008 outline planning permission was granted for this off site provision on the Silchester Garages site. In July 2011 RBKC adopted the Silchester Garages Planning Brief SPD providing guidelines for a higher density development. In 2013 planning approval was granted for development of 112 new homes. Challenges included incorporating an existing tower block and developing alongside the railway viaduct.

Project Team

Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Developer: Peabody
Planning Authority: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Development Data

Site size (ha): 0.92
Date of completion: 01/01/2017
Schedule of accommodation: 43 x1 bed/ 33 x2 bed/ 23 x3 bed/ 10 x4bed/ 3 x5bed
Tenure mix: 40% social rented housing/ 35% shared ownership units/ 25% market sales units
Size of typical home: 50
Parking spaces: 25

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