A challenging new build, providing office accommodation with underground parking on a brown field site, including a 26 unit residential supported housing scheme and commercial units to let. The scheme included a combined heat and power unit and a substantial array of photovoltaics. The site, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal and the back edge of Kensal Road, posed significant structural challenges due to the underground car park and a file archive storage room in the basement requiring a controlled environment.
The office design required a wide span between columns to allow for an open plan flexible approach to partitioning, with comfort cooling control to zoned areas and high structural soffit to the lower ground commercial units. The supported residential units were designed to take into account the support requirements of individual residents, with spaces that could adapt to their changing needs, in addition consideration was given to the proximity of the building linked with the office.