Paul Davis + Partners has recently completed a sustainable project for keyworker housing in Pimlico, London that respects the adjacent Grade I listed St James the Less Church. One Church Square is situated on the busy Vauxhall Bridge Road and Paul Davis + Partner’s design exploits its quieter elevation by locating its entrance off the public square it shares with the church. This move ensures that a previously under-utilised square has been revitalised and also reinforces its connection to the church and its grounds.
The £5.5m development, commissioned by the Dolphin Square Foundation, provides 39 units spread over 5 storeys. 31 apartments are for key workers while the remaining 8 are being rented at open market values. The design employs a central glass-covered courtyard and a roof terrace that aims to contribute to social interaction and a sense of community. Located in a conservation area, the 2,400 sq m development’s quality design and choice of materials sympathetically respond to the surrounding historic urban context.
Unusual for an affordable housing scheme, One Church Square utilises a range of sustainable measures to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. To comply with Westminster City Council’s challenging planning brief and to meet Level 4, a number of passive measures have been integrated into the scheme. These include; a super-insulated, airtight building envelope, solar shading fins, a mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system, and the provision of photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate the building’s own electricity.
Client: Dolphin Square Foundation
Architect: Paul Davis + Partners
Contractor: Wates Living Space
Planning Consultant: Rolfe Judd
Structural Engineer: Clancy Consulting
Quantity Surveyor and EA: DBK