Our Phase 2 architects Conran and Partners are currently designing block 4, the first new block which will back onto the railway tracks.
They are designing the new homes so that wherever possible living rooms and balconies face south over the new park. Rooms that face north onto the railway (mostly bedrooms) will have triple-glazed sound-resistant windows to reduce any noise. The walls will also be sound-resistant, as normal. As there is a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system to provide fresh air to the flats, people will not need to open windows for ventilation if they don’t want to. This means windows can be kept closed, further reducing the noise. Windows can still be opened for cleaning. Ground floor gardens facing the railway will be surrounded by fences or screens for privacy and to further reduce noise.
All new shops will be at ground floor on Portobello Road and the first of these are in Phase 1 under Block 2. Residents are consulted on the possible uses as part of the formal planning application.
The outline planning permission has already established what kind of shops can be in the new development:
Our aim is to continue the current variety of shops and restaurants along Portobello Road. When the retail units are ready they will be marketed at a commercial rent on the open market.
No, unfortunately not. We have a complicated re-housing programme, where we have to re-house people in line with the redevelopment plans and meet housing need. This means that we usually need to move people out of their existing homes, straight into the new development . Our whole redevelopment phasing plan has been developed to support this approach to re-housing existing tenants and their households. In fact, we have already done comprehensive housing needs assessments of all the households who will be moving into Block 4 (the first new block which will back onto the railway tracks), so that we can meet their housing need.
Sometimes, we are able to move people into the new development earlier than planned, because we have met all of our re-housing requirements from the next block(s) due to be demolished. It is useful for us to know what people’s preferences are, so that we can take these into account wherever possible.
We don’t know yet. New community facilities will be provided in Phase 3 of the regeneration, which will have the same inside and outside space as the Venture Centre. RBKC will be responsible for consultation over the re-provision of the community facilities and we would encourage residents to get involved and have a say to ensure that the new facilities reflect local need.
The same is true for the new park. Again RBKC will be responsible for consultation on what will be included in the new park, so that’s another great opportunity to get involved and influence what goes into this new public open space.
Yes we think both phases are!
We are complying with the Code for Sustainable Homes which is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The code aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design.
It uses a 1 to 6 star system (6 being the best) to rate the overall sustainability performance of a new home against a number of categories. These include use of energy, carbon emissions, responsible use and recycling of water, the materials we use for the new buildings, how we manage waste and deal with pollution.
Code Level 3 is now incorporated into the Building Regulations, but we are going one better and will be achieving Code Level 4 across the scheme as a whole – that’s phases 1, 2 and 3!
To help us to reach this high Code Level we are using solar power also known as photovoltaics. These have been incorporated into the building designs from an early stage and what this means is we are using light and converting it into electricity to help reduce the running costs of the buildings. Photovoltaics can already be seen on Block 1 of the new development.