TateHindle Architects

Project

Brook Avenue, Wembley Park

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Appointed by TfL and Barratt London, TateHindle has developed a residential-led, mixed-use proposal to transform an existing car park site adjacent to Wembley Park station, as part of the GLA’s ambitious plans to create new homes on under-utilised, TfL-owned, brownfield sites.

Situated on the edge of the wider Wembley masterplan – one of London’s largest development sites – the scheme provides a significant 454 homes plus retail and train drivers’ accommodation, organised across five buildings. In line with the GLA’s objectives, 40% of dwellings will be affordable.

The design

Embracing the site’s narrow footprint, the residential blocks are arranged in a linear layout and rise in scale towards the station, from 13 to 21 storeys. Apartments are oriented in an east-west configuration to maximise views and daylight to homes, with over 70% benefitting from dual aspect.

A series of single-storey landscaped podiums are located between each of the buildings, providing ancillary space at ground and an acoustic buffer from the railway. At first floor, interconnected communal gardens promote outdoor living and a sense of community, while affording visual permeability along Brook Avenue.

Health & wellbeing

Health and wellbeing are further promoted in the scheme’s approach to active travel. Cycle stores are showcased – visible through artful metal screens – and a cycle hub/café is also provided.

Embracing the GLA’s Healthy Streets policies, a significant new public realm has been created on Brook Avenue with the pavement doubled to provide generous landscaped spaces. The location of entrances to homes activates the street frontage and provides passive surveillance.

Overall, a robust materials palette of glass, metal and brick gives the development a contemporary, yet timeless feel that responds positively to the wider masterplan and puts health and experience at the heart of this new community.

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