09 May 2022

Sustainable Apartments on the Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Heath Approved

Sustainable Apartments on the Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Heath Approved
Planning permission has been approved for a luxury and sustainable residential development of 93 apartments for over 65s on The Bishops Avenue, by Hampstead Heath.
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The new apartments on The Bishops Avenue have been designed by multi-disciplinary design practice,'rg+p'for'retirement living developer,'Riverstone.

The approved scheme comprises a four-six storey building made up of 93 apartments, each with between one and four bedrooms.

The complex includes amenities such as:

  • swimming pool
  • sauna
  • steam room
  • ballroom
  • gym
  • cinema
  • salon
  • treatment rooms
  • concierge
  • coffee lounge
  • restaurant
  • bar with outdoor terrace
  • library
  • cycle storage
  • off-street parking

Bowler James Brindley has prepared the interior concept and design.

'In keeping with nearby properties, the front of the scheme follows a mansion house appearance'

The Bishops Avenue is considered one of the most exclusive streets in London, sitting just outside the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Area so rg+p's design has been devised to respond to the neighbourhood.

Grant Giblett, rg+p's London director, commented:

'In keeping with nearby properties, the front of the scheme follows a mansion house appearance with ground floor arched windows and decorative chimneys that compliment rich brick detailing that is synonymous with the arts and crafts movement. The rear of the property takes a more playful approach inspired by subterranean vaults and architectural follies.'

'The development uses a simplified language which retains the high level of workmanship and crafted details'

Ben Walton, rg+p's design director and the project's lead architect continues:

'The rear of the development uses a simplified language which retains the high level of workmanship and crafted details from which the project takes its inspiration. Comprising two distinct elements united with a glazed shadow gap, these share a common material palette encompassing red brick and a bronze metal panel featuring a motif that flows into metalwork balustrades.'

An oak framed entrance canopy is one of the focal points of the scheme. This entrance references a more traditional porch to create a sense of arrival. It features a living wall system and biodiverse roof to give a feeling of nature in the flat scheme.'Three further biodiverse roofs are also included.

The existing landscape around The Bishops Avenue has heavily influenced the grounds of the property. Existing mature trees and ferns are being retained and a woodland walk concept has been devised by Chelsea Flower Show winner, Andy Sturgeon garden landscape & design.

Not only will this optimise the natural setting but the targeted bird, mammal and insect habitats, nature pond and regenerated historic native woodland will also'enhance biodiversity.

'Modern methods of construction are being utilised to reduce waste and time spend on-site'

Chief development officer of Riverstone, Paul Vesty, added:'

'The successful acquisition of Riverstone's third residence marks another important milestone as we prepare to open Riverstone Kensington in June and Riverstone Fulham in late summer 2022. The approved, 230,000 sq ft project at The Bishops Avenue is focused on an all-electric energy strategy targeting a net zero carbon plan.

'There will be habitat creation and improvement to the mature landscape, together with green walls to enhance biodiversity, renewable energy generation with bio-solar roof panels,'electric vehicle charging points'for every parking space, heat recovery technology, heightened thermal performance and rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation.

'Modern methods of construction will also be used to reduce waste and time on-site. We look forward to expanding Riverstone's mix of prime London locations, wide ranging amenities and expert team to include sector-leading sustainability and social value credentials.'

Source: PBC Today'

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