Kidbrooke Park Road is the regeneration of a brownfield site to create 117 well designed homes with public realm and a nursery that caters to both residents and public. The proposed scheme will be 100% affordable and achieve net zero carbon.
The proposals sets out to deliver an exceptionally high standard of public housing for the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, benchmarking development standards for new affordable homes in terms of energy performance, layout, space standards, cycle parking, amenity provision, play space and architectural quality. The new homes will be delivered across 4 new blocks delivering a range of housing typologies and sizes.
Our starting point for this scheme stems from the green character of Kidbrooke Park Road and the intention to see this site within a wider network of green links and green corridors. This has translated to creating a green corridor along Kidbrooke park Rd setting the buildings back from road behind a buffer of tree planting.
The architecture is well-mannered, well-proportioned and restrained with the site layout & massing stepping back from Kidbrooke Park Road, behind new tree planting, to fit comfortably within the local suburban context. The block massing & heights proposed seek to negotiate the change in scale between the surrounding suburban context & the larger scale of development to the south.
The architecture proposes a brick-based language responding quietly to the local vernacular, whilst overall proportions, façade composition and detailed elements of pre-cast stone banding & window surrounds pick up on the Victorian & Georgian details of the nearby conservation areas.
The communal amenity spaces have been carefully designed to make them multifunctional for play across all ages as well as to increase biodiversity and bring the characteristics of the green corridor into the heart of the site.
It is one of the largest public housing schemes within the borough to date and marks a step change in the scale of development proposed to meet this housing need.
The scheme has been designed to be delivered using modular construction whilst the external appearance reflects the brick based vernacular architecture of the wider area comprising interwar development around Kidbrooke through to the Georgian architecture of Blackheath.
The energy strategy is based around air source heat pumps and mechanical ventilation with PVs, green and blue roofs proposed across the scheme with rainwater attenuation integrated into landscaped areas to provide a sustainable drainage strategy. The design of facades, orientation of rooms and windows avoids overheating whilst still maximising levels of daylight within apartments. 79.5% percent of the residential accommodation is dual aspect.