WGI was appointed by a national housebuilder to design a
commercially viable, £5 million scheme on land occupied by a
well-established plant nursery that comprised a large greenhouse
and areas for open storage, with a small parking area. The plan was
for a development of 44 self-contained studio, one-bed and two-bed
flats in two and three-storey buildings, complete with 46 car
parking spaces, cycle parking and landscaping. A key requirement
was for the scheme to look suburban in character.
Planning approval had previously been rejected on two occasions by
the London Borough of Waltham Forest as being contrary to MOL
(Metropolitan Open Land) designation, and also
more recently withdrawn by the developer.
Working as lead consultant co-ordinating the design team, and
having liaised with local residents and other stakeholders WGI
produced architectural designs sympathetic with an
adjacent ancient woodland site and protected the natural habitat -
urban in scale yet suburban in character, owing not least to use of
a heavily landscaped deck above the parking area.
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