Paul Davis + Partners has recently completed a quality, sustainable project for keyworker housing in Pimlico that respects the adjacent grade I listed St James the Less Church.
One Church Square is situated on the busy Vauxhall Bridge Road, and Paul Davis + Partner’s design ingeniously exploits its quieter elevation by locating its entrance off the public square it shares with the church. This move ensures that a previously under-utilised square has been revitalised and also reinforces its connection to the church and its grounds.
The £5.5m development, commissioned by the Dolphin Square Foundation, provides 39 units spread over 5-storeys. Thirty-one apartments are for key workers while the remaining eight are being rented at open market values. The design employs a central glass-covered courtyard and a roof terrace that aims to contribute to social interaction and a sense of community. Located in a conservation area, the 2,400sq m development’s quality design and choice of materials sympathetically respond to the surrounding historic urban context.
Unusual for an affordable housing scheme, One Church Square utilises a range of sustainable measures to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. To comply with Westminster City Council’s challenging planning brief and to meet Level 4, a number of passive measures have been integrated into the scheme. These include; a super-insulated, airtight building envelope, solar shading fins, a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system, and the provision of photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate the building’s own electricity.
One Church Square’s recent win of the 24housing Award for Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year and Civic Trust Award commendation proves that Paul Davis + Partners thoughtful design has set the bar high for other sustainable and quality, affordable housing projects.
Paul Davis+Partners Ciara Gormley explains:
“A complex set of planning conditions, a site in a listed setting and an ambitious environmental agenda alongside the demands of a niche key-worker market has provided an interesting and challenging brief for the project.”
Brian Ham, Chief Executive, Dolphin Square Foundation, said:
“We are committed to providing homes for people who are a vital part of London’s economy and who are being priced out of the capital. We are creating homes that make the most of the space through clever design while not compromising on quality.”
Paul Davis + Partners is a 160 strong London-based practice with an international portfolio and an office in Hong Kong. The practice is well known for its skilful integration of new buildings within historic urban environments, and for its expertise in sustainability, through the whole spectrum of residential, urban design, commercial, cultural and mixed-use projects.
Location:Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, UK
Paul Davis + Partners are currently working on 21 Wapping Lane, a new-build scheme comprised of market, intermediate and affordable housing in Tower Hamlets. Lillie Square, the first site to be implemented of the Terry Farrell masterplan for Earls Court, providing high-quality sustainable homes and Carryduff, a competition winning housing development in Belfast that is currently on site, comprised of 70 new homes designed to Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Client: Dolphin Square Foundation
Architect: Paul Davis + Partners
Contractor: Wates Living Space
Planning Consultant: Rolfe Judd
Structural Engineer: Clancy Consulting
Quantity Surveyor and EA: DBK