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Kennington Park & Shakespeare Road

We are delighted to know we have been shortlisted in two categories for the Planning Awards 2022.

Our Kennington Park project is shortlisted in the Award for Promoting Economic Growth category.

The scheme will comprise 25,000sqm of new flexible business floorspace for Workspace Group within three new buildings, including studios and workshops for small businesses, an exciting new public realm and yard space and a new café/bar facility.

The buildings’ design use a combination of both brick and metal reflecting contemporary architecture while respecting the site’s history as a light industrial work place. It will create a destination knitting the old and the new buildings together, providing new landscaping and communal space within the wider Kennington Park site.

The mixed-use development’s key design principle will be flexible to respond to economic and market changes. The design is strongly influenced by sustainable principles, promoting natural ventilation and daylight with the aim to achieve an efficient design targeting BREEAM excellent. Where possible, hard materials will be maintained, re-purposed or reused, and additional planting will enhance biodiversity whilst providing opportunities for rain gardens and other sustainable urban drainage (SUD’s) features.

The redevelopment, uplifting business floorspace, plus the removal of existing general parking and the provision of public realm and amenity enhancements, has been received positively by GLA and London Borough of Lambeth.

Our Shakespeare Road scheme is shortlisted in the Award for Best Housing Scheme (fewer than 500 homes) category.

This innovative scheme seeks to redevelop an existing safeguarded waste site in a residential area providing new public realm and 218 homes as well as accommodating the waste capacity on a more appropriate alternative site. A new street frontage is created to Shakespeare Road, with the taller buildings towards the railway. The resulting site layout creates new central landscaped gardens with substantial play space for residents to enjoy; 35% of the homes will be affordable and are provided to meet local need.

The architecture and materiality of the building is inspired by the rich history of the site and analysis of the existing context. Recessive, brick textured facades respond in colour to the surroundings with metal infill panels and setbacks referencing the railway and coal yard history.

The development, on behalf of Urban & Provincial will complete the street scene along Shakespeare Road, replacing the existing out of character trees which screen the industrial building with a landscaping solution more appropriate to the residential nature of the area as well as secure playspace for the residents of the development.

April 2022