HOK secures planning consent for 100% affordable neighbourhood in London

HOK’s London Studio has secured detailed planning approval for a new neighbourhood of 92 homes in Northolt, 100% of which will be affordable, on behalf of Broadway Living, Ealing Council’s wholly-owned housing company.

Northolt Grange, which was approved unanimously at committee, will sit on a one-acre site bordered by Rushdene Crescent, Hartfield Avenue and Down Way and will provide a mix of apartments and family houses, across a variety of housing tenures.

The homes are set in a green and permeable neighbourhood which pedestrians can access from all sides, with the buildings set back 7m from the street to create green and active spaces, in line with the Healthy Streets approach adopted by the Greater London Authority. The landscape-led design will see the green streets connect to a new public park and creates a new entrance to the existing St Raphael’s primary school, allowing pupils and staff to enjoy the outdoor space.

The neighbourhood also includes parking provision for 30 cars, accommodated away from view underneath a new 700m2 children’s playdeck, which connects directly to each of the buildings at first floor level.

HOK’s design includes a modular approach to construction, with the homes comprised of a series of standardised stackable parts increasing quality, accelerating delivery and significantly reducing construction waste.

HOK is the architect and landscape designer for the project.

David Weatherhead, Design Principal, HOK’s London Studio, commented:

“This neighbourhood provides a new model for the delivery of high-quality, affordable and sustainable housing in London. Working with Ealing Council, and within the local context, we have designed a new community set around green and attractive streets, delivering a mix of housing typologies for people at all life stages.”