Feb 04, 2020

Birch House nears completion

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Birch House, the beacon for one of London’s most significant new housing-led developments, is now receiving its final touches.

The building is part of Kidbrooke Village, a £1bn regeneration scheme led by Berkeley Group in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Wildlife Trust. Previous consent had been given for a six-storey hotel on the site of Birch House, and the wider area had planning consent for 4,000 homes and non-residential uses. We could see the opportunity to rethink the planned hotel, the lowest of all the buildings, into the tallest of them all and to further develop the potential of the site by adding an extra two storeys on each of the buildings adjacent. In response to increasing demand for housing and working closely with our client, we successfully put the case across for higher density and 15 extra storeys, and we won planning consent for this landmark 21-storey, mixed-use building right next to the train station.

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Inspired – in both materiality and form – by the birch trees that line the footpaths around the village, Birch House blends in with the architectural language of the emerging buildings at the centre of Kidbrooke Village and with the landscape of the new Cator Park by HTA Design. It is designed to foster a vertical community through well-orientated and well-distributed communal areas: a triple-height lobby and mezzanine workspace, a fifth-floor outdoor play terrace, and a thirteenth-floor sky garden with a flexible dining/yoga/workspace and soft-landscaped terrace with birch trees.

Studio Egret West are the design architects and landscape architects for Birch House, whilst BUJ Architects are overseeing its delivery. The masterplan for Kidbrooke Village was led by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

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Birch House nears completion