A new riverside neighbourhood set within a historic landscape
Directly located on the River Thames, Fitzroy Gate will transform a seven acre site into a gated estate with new homes surrounded by a parkland setting. The new neighbourhood also seeks to retain and refurbish the Grade II listed White House, built in 1832 and several other listed buildings on the site including the chapel, stable block and gatehouse.
The design approach was developed in collaboration with the local authority’s Design and Conservation Officer, to both preserve the best of the existing features and enhance this part of the site and the wider Conservation Area. The new buildings draw on some of the retained buildings’ characteristics to develop an architectural language that is of its time whilst still having resonances with the existing site character and its context.
The grounds of Isleworth House will include a formal garden arrangement to enhance the setting of the building. The existing open grounds are to be retained and enhanced with the introduction of meadow planting and a pond. The Riverside Footpath will connect from the existing footpath in front of Herons Place and run all the way along the eastern and southern boundaries of the site up to Richmond Road.
This project was unique for St James so there was a strong desire to maximise this opportunity and give a new lease of life to derelict historic buildings and the acres of unused parkland.
Anthony Cockell, Senior Account Manager at St James
– The new buildings on the site will provide 36 extra-care residential apartments and 62 new homes with vehicular access, associated car parking and landscaping.
– Homes range from 2-bedroom apartments to more spacious six-bedroom family homes.
– New buildings will sit sympathetically alongside the existing structures to create a calm, considered and elegant backdrop within which the architecture of the existing buildings can be celebrated and enjoyed.
– Special design attention was given to the existing buildings present on the site, which were proposed to be returned to their original use as residential accommodation, although modified to suit modern living requirements.
– Enhanced biodiversity with the restoration of the mature landscaped parkland and increased planting for wildlife to flourish.
– An abundance of greenery, footpaths and dedicated open space for residents to enjoy and have a connection to the outdoors.
British Home Awards 2018
Best Garden/Landscaping Design