Olympic Way
Wembley, Brent
Donban Construction
158 new homes and 237 room hotel
Planning authority
London Borough of Brent

The redevelopment of Shubette House, at 5 Olympic Way, Wembley offers a unique opportunity to deliver a new mixed use development of the highest quality, delivering much needed housing and amenity provision to the area and presenting a genuine catalyst for future development of the area. 

This landmark, innovative, mixed use development sits at a prominent junction adjacent to Olympic Way, the main pedestrian route connecting Wembley Station and Stadium.

On site and nearing completion, the scheme is the second tallest modular building in London, designed around a central courtyard with a 20 storey residential tower rising from a 7 storey block of housing on the southern boundary. To the west, fronting Olympic Way, is a 12 storey block with retail and a 237 room hotel. A lower 4 storey wing returns along the northern boundary to complete the central courtyard.

In 1999 planning was granted to demolish the former clothing warehouse and replace it with a large hotel development. This was subsequently deemed unviable and the client approached HTA to design a new mixed use, residential led scheme. After a year of collaboration with Brent Council the development was presented to the GLA in May 2008 and again in October 2008, where it was positively received. The planning application was submitted in late 2008 with permission granted in June 2009.

Aside from its innovative volumetric construction credentials, the project is significant because as a key first piece of the masterplan to be delivered it sets the standard for the regeneration of Olympic Way, an important public route, from Wembley Park Underground station to Wembley Stadium. Furthermore, it provides an exemplar model for mixed use development; achieved through a carefully considered juxtaposition of uses, a blend of public vs. private space and access, and a successful balancing of the need for privacy, security and shelter against the need for open aspect, views, and increased footfall for retail/commercial offer.

The buildings were designed from the outset to be constructed with the Vision Modular System, a volumetric solution that delivers advantages in speed of construction, efficiency of the building fabric and the quality of the finished homes. Intended as a showcase for the flexibility of their offsite technologies the oval form of the tower is combined with an integral balcony structure that doubles as the scaffolding during construction. 

This approach offers significant cost, safety and programme benefits during the building stages while providing each home with generous outdoor space and spectacular views of Wembley stadium.

The heating is provided by a communal system led by a biomass boiler to deliver Brent's emission reduction targets and to comply with the London Plan.

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