This represents part of a wider £600m regeneration project, which is designed to provide London Borough of Brent 2,400 homes in South Kilburn and a wealth of new infrastructure, including a new park, primary school and health facilities.
Kilburn Quarters involved the demolition of Bronte House and Fielding House – two 1960s 18-storey tower blocks – and the design and construction of four blocks providing 229 apartments – 103 for social rent and 126 for private sale.
One challenge faced involved the demolition of the tower blocks, which contained six live substations requiring long lead times for diversion works. To enable works to continue in accordance with the client’s desired programme, we designed temporary works to protect the substations and agreed a safe method of works with UKPN to ensure that demolition continued. By the time the buildings were demolished to the 2nd floor, the diversions had taken place and demolition could be completed.
Upon award of the scheme we reviewed the planning layouts and redesigned the net floor area which improved the efficiencies of the private sale units by 10%.
We undertook a redesign exercise which enabled us to provide all the market units with an en-suite, previously no unit had one; we also revised room positions to provide an enhanced layout resulting in all master bedrooms or living rooms having balconies, the master bedrooms also had the largest windows and the best views.