Willesden Lane, Kilburn
Development of 8 large apartments on the site of a former single dwelling

Fresh Lime Developments

Location. Kilburn, London
Service. Architecture
Value. £2 million
Size: 10,000 sqft /
Units/Mix. 8
Status. Completed 2018

Tom Bird

This residential project included the demolition of an existing multi-apartment building and the design and construction of 8 new dwellings at 203 Willesden Lane, Kilburn. Prior to our involvement, the site had previously been subject to a number of planning applications. We worked to analyse previous planning failures and successes to develop new, high quality proposals for the site.

The scheme, which successfully achieved planning in 2016, represents a well-considered and sensitive design response to complement the site context and neighbouring buildings. The form and location have been designed to respond to the existing street pattern and setback lines of Willesden Lane whilst the stepped plan of the envelope responds to the forms of the neighbouring buildings to minimise impact and overlooking.

The relationship between landscape and accommodation is celebrated with all living rooms facing south towards the private gardens. Meanwhile, careful manipulation of levels and volumes creates access to private external spaces – optimising access to daylight and sunlight. All dwellings have dual aspects and benefit from natural ventilation. The materials for the development are traditional brick, metal and bronze, but used in a contemporary contextual manner.

The scheme completed in summer 2018 and the final building now provides high, quality, sustainable new homes comprising a mix of one, two and three bedroom units. All have been designed to exceed the requirements set out in London Housing Design Guide.