West End Gardens

TRANSFORMING A BACKLAND SITE

Our project for The London Borough of Ealing in Northolt transforms a series of backland sites into a shared surface street framed by new mixed tenure homes. The 15 home scheme includes 5 affordable rent terrace houses to replace the existing homes on the site. The Council found that the existing Rima concrete panel system build dwellings were proving difficult and uneconomic to maintain to current building standards. The demolition of these homes allowed for the reprovision of much needed high quality council owned affordable housing. After consultation with the residents in the existing terrace it became clear that this small community wished to stay together in the same location. The scheme design responded by allowing the development to be delivered in two phases, enabling the residents to move into their new homes before their current homes are demolished to make way for the completion of the development.

 

In keeping with the scale of the existing suburban context, a bespoke typology of ‘flats with front doors on the street’ was designed. The ten apartments – a mix of shared ownership and private sale – all have direct access from the street, creating a human scale streetscape while still optimising the delivery of new homes in a pedestrian friendly environment.

 

The new homes back onto existing rear gardens of the surrounding properties, and are designed to maximise good aspect without overlooking neighbouring properties and has the support of the local community. This small scheme is a bespoke response to a challenging site, breathing life into a forgotten corner of Northolt.

Client:

London Borough of Ealing

Local Authority:

London Borough of Ealing

Status:

Under construction

Scope:

15 houses and apartments – mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and private sale

Stitch role:

Architect

Publicity

Stitch scoops planning for new Ealing street – Architect’s Journal, 24 August 2016

Stitch wins planning for new residential street – Building Design, 23 August 2016