- Location: Westminster, London
- Client: Westminster City Council
- Date: 2012 – Ongoing
- Value: £28m
- Awards: Housing Design Awards - Finalist 2015 New London Awards - Finalist 2014
We have designed a landmark elderly-person housing scheme and a business enterprise building for Westminster City Council. The bold form of the building is a response to its strategic position on Lisson Grove.
The 60 homes, planned to meet HAPPI recommendations (Housing for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation), will offer generous, accessible homes to the existing residents of Penn House. Westminster City Council’s brief requires the highest possible design and sustainability standards.
A 1300sq.m enterprise business space forms the base of the building and is designed to mediate the awkward topography of the site whilst creating a positive relationship to the street and tower above. A robust, industrial style interior allows flexible space for creative industries.
The enterprise space uses crisply detailed dark grey bricks, with light bronzed windows that offer a generous shopfront to the street, designed to contrast with the white brick residential tower above.
Typical upper level residential floor plan
Time lapse video of construction (film: United Living)