Berkeley Group asked Formation Architects to design this major residential-led development in Southall, London Borough of Ealing. Berkeley had already gained Outline Consent for a phased masterplan providing over 4,000 homes and Phase 1 had already been implemented.
Formation Architects were then asked to prepare a ‘Reserved Matters’ application for Phase 2, comprising 1,158 homes in 18 major apartment buildings. The new application included numerous changes to the original consent as well as designing the detailed layout and appearance of the new buildings.
Richard McGibbon, Head of Development at Berkeley Group
The buildings form two clearly identified ‘quarters’ each with a different character: 'Quarter Yard' references the industrial heritage of the site, 'Parkside' takes its design cues from the new landscaped park. Each quarter then follows its own design principles ensuring a good balance of variety and consistency in detailing and materiality.
Organised around public streets and private courtyards, these new buildings vary in height and shape, taller buildings fronting the railway create a strong frontage to the site and shorter buildings between the taller elements help define rhythm – so to make the overall scheme and profile is lively.
The focus for Phase 2 is a civic square large enough to accommodate public events. Commanding the square and also relating to the landscaped park behind is the tallest building in the development, a 19 storey residential tower. As the centrepiece of the entire development this building is in white brick with dark metal infill panels, providing a strong contrast with the other buildings.
Large areas of parkland, significant semi-wild landscaping, tree planting amongst streets and squares, and extensive biodiverse green roofs ensured the scheme achieved a high Biodiversity Net Gain score of 44% net gain. Play Space and leisure uses were integrated into the landscaping, ensuring both residents and wildlife were able to benefit. Tree lined streets ensure wildlife corridors and visual amenity for users.