Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential property owner and manager, has been granted planning consent by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), to develop and manage two high end residential developments located on surplus land owned by the RBKC.
The two developments, 19-27 Young Street and Hortensia Road, designed by Assael Architecture, will provide mixed tenure accommodation within the borough, and have been designed primarily as build-to-rent developments providing long term private rented properties.
19-27 Young Street, located off Kensington High Street, will include 53 one, two and three bed homes, with a gym, residents’ lounge, cinema room, and business suite. The basement level will have car and bike parking and storage facilities. The proposed development on Young Street will replace an existing under-utilised 1960’s car park.
The design approach is based on Assael’s comprehensive understanding of the sites surrounding area. The height of the development is designed to rise along Young Street, from five storeys in the south to eight storeys in the north. The taller building creates a focal point for the development and a varied roof line, while improving the legibility of the entrance at street level. The five storey element has been set back to sensitively adjoin the Grade 2 listed Public House.
A courtyard will feature at the heart of the development and create an aesthetic amenity space for residents while improving the aspect of those existing properties overlooking the site. A strong concept of the design from the outset was to create a visual link from Young Street to the courtyard beyond.
Hortensia Road, on the corner of the Kings Road in Chelsea, will be developed to provide 31 new homes, of which 12 will be affordable units, including six family town houses and six apartments. The remaining 19 will be private rented apartments, each with its own private balcony and access to a communal roof terrace. The ground floor will provide space for retail or professional use.
Assael’s careful understanding of the sites’ locality has informed a contemporary and high-quality design that respects and enhances the local area. Particular attention has been paid to the height and massing of the buildings with the lower three storey building situated on Hortensia Road and the five and seven storey apartment blocks stepping up on the corner of Hortensia and Kings Road.
The palette of materials used across the development respect the existing surroundings while giving the scheme its own identity. A red brick has been proposed along King’s Road and Hortensia Road, tying the building into the existing street elevations. The material for the corner of the design is a light buff brick, helping the development to read as three distinct blocks. This treatment also enhances the building’s presence on both King’s Road and Hortensia Road.
John Badman, Director of Assael Architecture, said:
“Our contextual approach to Hortensia Road has resulted in a contemporary yet sensitive building that respects and enhances the local area. Similarly, with Young Street we hope our design is seen as an elegant addition to the neighbourhood, with a sensitive approach to the scale between the residential houses of Kensington Square and civic retail centre of Kensington high Street. The high quality materials and innovative detail will enhance the unique character and appearance of the Conservation Area, providing Young Street with its own identity.”