London Square the property developers behind the Thames Side Wharf proposal next to John Lewis, have acquired another key site and launched a dedicated consultation website on the proposals to redevelop the former Hawks Road Health Clinic in Kingston.
The proposals are to deliver a new residential scheme on this brownfield site, with 50% affordable housing.
Though the site is currently being utilised as a vaccination centre, this former clinic was vacated by the NHS in March 2020, with all services moving elsewhere in the Borough. The site therefore presents an opportunity to deliver much-needed housing for Kingston, on brownfield land, in line with the wider regeneration of the area.
During the next few weeks they are holding a public consultation (until 11th November) and want you to take part and help shape their proposals. Make sure to visit the ‘Have Your Say’ page to find out further information about the consultation. (website here and exhibitions boards here) The current proposals aim to deliver around 123 new homes. These homes will provide a mix of sizes and all will meet the national space standards. The objective is to deliver 50% of the new homes as affordable, with a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent homes in compliance with the Council’s planning policy.
The current proposals aim to deliver around 123 new homes. These homes will comprise a mix of sizes and all will meet the national space standards. The objective is to deliver 50% of the new homes as affordable, with a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent homes in compliance with the Council’s planning policy.
Of particular concern is the appalling design. It really does look as if two different architects without the benefit of a conversation worked independently. The tall red building, of course far too tall, is London vernacular bland, lumpy poorly proportioned, lacking detailing. The lower buildings in a much more appropriate London stock hued brick with interesting articulations via bay projections and a change of pace and materiality at roof level.
Without anything more than to demonstrate the need for a unified scheme I mocked up an alternative, and of course do not claim that it would deliver enough housing to satisfy the greedy and cynical developers