Cathy Russell discusses recent research into the links between placemaking and wellbeing, referencing key Ryder projects.
A new development of affordable, intermediate and market homes for Dolphin Living has overcome challenges to redevelop an overlooked site in the London borough of Westminster.
Ryder were commissioned by Dolphin Living to optimise the use of the tight urban site which is situated on the edge of the Maida Vale conservation area. The 16 high quality units provide a mix of studio, one, two and three bedrooms apartments for rent.
Situated on the prominent corner of Lanhill Road and Elgin Avenue, the former post office site has been redeveloped to provide a contemporary architectural response to the street scene. Located within easy access to local shops, bars and cafés, the building includes a large communal garden a lift and bicycle storage.
The bay windows of the adjacent Victorian terrace homes are referenced with corten steel clad bay windows that continues the grandeur and rhythm of the streetscape. A curved zinc roof provides the necessary visual set back and functions to provide generous space in the top floor private apartments. The entrance is fronted by an ornate steel communal door crafted by local metalworkers.
Matthew Morris, architect at Ryder said, “Maximising the use of this overlooked site and unlocking its full potential was imperative. We worked closely with the local authority and the community through public consultations to ensure residents privacy was maintained.”
Sam While of Dolphin Living said, “People know us best for our innovative approach to providing rented accommodation, but we wanted to take some of that enterprising thinking apply it to creating affordable homeownership opportunities too. These new homes have been designed specifically for those who have savings, but still face local property prices being up to ten times their annual salary. On completion of the 15 year scheme, we will have been able to help 250 Westminster households to be able to buy a home in Greater London.”