|Client:||Marden Homes Ltd/Amicus Horizon Ltd|
|Contractor:||Denmark & White Ltd|
|Construction:||Design & Build|
|Team||Tim Coombes, Glenn Brough|
Heathfield Square is situated at the northern end of Trinity Road within the Wandsworth Common Conservation Area. The surrounding area is predominantly residential, with the exception of Wandsworth Prison. The prison’s west wall runs parallel to our site on the opposite side of Heathfield Square, which is a narrow road situated between the railway and HMP Wandsworth.
The development comprises of 18 new homes, made up of three-storey houses and apartments. The concept includes the establishment of an improved pedestrian network link as part of the high-quality housing scheme, which will improve surveillance and create an active frontage onto Heathfield Square. The scheme responds to the existing west wall of HMP Wandsworth and respects the 7.5m ‘no build’ zone reflecting the minimalist nature of the high wall.
OSG were commissioned by Denmark & White Ltd to prepare the working drawings and building regulation packages through a design and build contract. The nature of the site presented many challenges, as it is positioned between two opposing zones, each with its own constraints. On one side is the railway with known easements and bank stability criteria, and on the other side is the west wall of the prison with a 7.5m ‘no build’ zone. The narrow road also restricts site access, which our client has overcome by phasing the build.
The five-storey apartments at the north-eastern end of the development have been designed to allow for progressive collapse due to its height. Both OSG and the structural engineer have worked closely together to design a viable solution for what is a very difficult development.
This project’s natural minimalist appearance is designed to align with the street scene and we are very much looking forward to seeing it completed in 2018.