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11 Dec 2018
New Homes in Abbey Wood, west London, England, UK
Mayor gives go ahead to ‘called in’ 272-home scheme in Abbey Wood
Eynsham Drive will create nearly new 300 homes and rehouse the PDSA pet hospital currently on the site
London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘called in’ the proposed scheme earlier this year, overruling the council’s decision to block the development close to Abbey Wood Crossrail station
Solar panels, a wilderness garden and green communal spaces make the development environmentally friendly
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has given the go ahead to Eynsham Drive in Abbey Wood development, a mixed-use residential development that will create 272 new homes close to the new Crossrail station.
Designed by award-winning architecture practice Assael Architecture, and developed by Definition Capital, the Mayor ‘called in’ the Eynsham Drive project after the council deferred and then rejected the proposed plans earlier in the year. The Mayor ‘called in’ the project because he felt the scheme would “make an important contribution to affordable housing supply in response to London Plan policies.”
Assael Architecture and Definition Capital worked closely with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to make a number of amendments to the scheme, such as creating additional children’s playspace, increasing the amount of trees and adding more townhouses to the ground floor to create a greater sense of activity throughout the scheme.
Eynsham Drive is set to transform the site, which currently hosts a car wash facility and a PDSA pet hospital, creating an active frontage around the ground floor. The commercial space on the ground floor has been designed for use as either offices or retail, and will also rehouse the PDSA pet hospital in improved facilities, helping them expand their charitable work in the area.
The mixed-use development, located opposite the western edge of the Thamesmead estate at the junction of Harrow Manorway and Eynsham Drive, will also offer a variety of homes at different price points. 35 percent of the total housing provided will be affordable, made up of 28 shared ownership units and 67 social rent apartments, in line with the Mayor of London’s affordability targets.
The homes will be spread over three buildings ranging from seven to 17 storeys in height, and be a mix of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as three-bedroom family townhouses. To build a genuine community, all entrances will be tenure-blind, meaning no ‘poor doors’, while 10 percent of the homes will have full disability access.
Future residents of Eynsham Drive will also benefit from being only minutes away from Abbey Wood rail station, which will be part of the Crossrail network launching next year. Trains from Abbey Wood will be able to reach Liverpool Street in just 17 minutes and Heathrow Airport in 51 minutes.
Assael’s design has prioritised the long-term sustainability of the scheme, adding to biodiversity efforts in the area. By bringing substantial greenery to the public realm, incorporating solar panels on each building and creating gardens for both residents and the wider public, the project will make a significant contribution to the area, while minimising the development’s environmental footprint.
At the heart of the scheme is a podium wilderness garden, designed in collaboration with Spacehub, which will provide children’s play spaces and specifically chosen flora.
Complementary to this, Assael’s design has also aimed to improve the pedestrian access through the site, providing paths and cycle lands for the public. In addition, the scheme will provide visitor and staff parking for the PDSA pet facility.
Felicie Krikler, director at Assael Architecture, said:
“Eynsham Drive is set to be a great addition to Abbey Wood, an area undergoing astonishing change. The contribution of the scheme to the local community is significant, creating a wealth of green spaces, sustainable energy, job opportunities and improving the pedestrian experience through the site.
“Our design has sought to create an environmentally friendly development that brings nature and greenery into the area in a playful, interactive way. By opening up the site with luscious green spaces, we hope that residents and the public can interact and grow together as a community.”
4 Aug 2018
New Homes in Southall, Borough of Ealing., west London, England, UK
Architects: Assael Architecture
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New Homes in Southall
Southall set for major regeneration as Assael Architecture and Montreaux submits masterplan for over 2,000 homes in Ealing.
29 Jun 2018
Old Brewery Gardens Development, Manchester, North West England, UK
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Old Brewery Gardens
Prosperity Capital Partners and Assael Architecture have successfully secured planning for a £175m regeneration development in the centre of Manchester.
22 May 2018
Charter Square, Staines-upon-Thames, Southwest London, England, UK
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Charter Square, Staines-upon-Thames
Award-winning developer London Square has secured planning permission for the second phase of its £120m town centre scheme – extending the scope for the transformation already under way at the heart of Staines-upon-Thames.
3 May 2018
HBF Housing Pipeline Report Comment
Comment by Dipa Joshi, director of Assael Architecture for the HBF Housing Pipeline Report.
Dipa Joshi, director at Assael Architecture, said:
“The Housing Pipeline report encapsulates the changing approach to affordable housing, with approvals on social housing units up 27% on the previous year and an increase in the number of affordable projects given approval also up. Fixing the UK’s housing market requires a significant increase in the number of affordable units on the market and this report shows that initiatives like shared ownership, discount market rent along with the growing strength of housing associations, and private sector joint ventures are having a palpable effect on the market. There is still a long way to go, but this feels like a breakthrough moment in the years following the housing white paper.”
30 Apr 2018
New Housing Minister comment
Russell Pedley, director at Assael Architecture, said:
“Once again, we have seen a change at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The point of changing DCLG to MHCLG was to highlight the major issues we have within the housing market at the moment. However, the Government’s actions here show that, once again, other departments take a priority over housing. If we are serious about fixing the broken housing market, delivering affordable homes at high volume and transforming the outdated delivery model, then we need consistent leadership at the top.”
27 Apr 2018
Public investment in AI
We post a comment below from Rory O’Hagan, director of Assael Architecture, on the recent annoucement of more public investment in artificial intelligence.
Rory O’Hagan, director at Assael Architecture, said:
“Genuine Artificial Intelligence will have deep and dramatic effects on the fabric of the built environment. While some may fear its advent, it will undoubtedly play a major role in future economies. Artificial Intelligence within the profession of architecture – combined with the already impressive advancements in BIM – will change the way we approach the design and delivery of buildings.
At a practical level, many of the formulaic parts of the design process could be automated and rigorously modelled, freeing up time for the more creative, problem solving side of the job. The profession need not fear the imminent arrival of robot architects and should make sure we embrace the exponential benefits of cutting-edge technologies. After all, we don’t want to be left behind.”
Dreamland Margate, Kent, England, UK
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Dreamland Margate – 14 Feb 2012
Assael Architecture has unveiled its vision for the Dreamland Margate site at a public enquiry into whether Thanet District Council will be allowed to compulsorily purchase the former fun park. Assael is the fifth architectural practice to be appointed and the only one to protect and reuse the Grade II* Cinema and Scenic Railway as part of a low density housing scheme designed to attract inward investment.
Assael Architecture – Key Projects
Major Developments by Assael Architects, alphabetical:
Century Buildings, central Manchester, England
Cleveland Street, London W1
Offices for City of Westminster Corporate Property Department
Great Northern Tower, central Manchester, northern England
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Angled residential tower near G-Mex Centre
For George Wimpey City
Farm Lane, residential square in Fulham, south west London
40 houses on the site of a former garages, retaining an Edwardian arched entrance.
Great West Quarter, Brentford, west London, UK
Mixed-use development for Barratt West London
Green Bank, Leeds
For Harrow Estates Plc
833 apartments, offices, retail, restaurants
Payne’s & Borthwick Wharves, southeast London
Mixed-use development for George Wimpey Central London
Regency Apartments, southwest London
Residential property – 204 apartments for Barratt West London
Tachbrook Triangle, southwest London
Mixed-use development by Assael Architects for Barratt West London / Acton Housing Association
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Assael – Practice Information
Assael – architect office based in England
Assael Architecture : London Architects
Assael Architecture Limited is led by John Assael, Managing Director, shareholder & co-founder
DiplArch GradDip(Consv)AA MSc RIBA FRSA
Post Graduate Diploma in Building Conservation
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Masters Degree in Economics (Urban Regional Planning)
University of London
Diploma in Architecture
Oxford Polytechnic School of Architecture
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Assael is an award-winning, London-based architecture practice that offers a range of masterplanning, urban design and architectural services. Established in 1994, Assael has over two decades of experience working in the residential, leisure and mixed-use sectors both domestically and abroad.
The practice is well known for delivering analytical and contextual design in the most difficult or challenging of circumstances.
Notable buildings designed by Assael include the Great Northern Tower in Manchester and the Renaissance masterplan in Lewisham, London.
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