Northwick Park will deliver 2,400 new homes, including a large number of affordable homes, family homes and specialist housing for NHS keyworkers and students, as well as a 'Village Hub' at the heart of the community, a replacement nursery and commercial space. 75% percent of homes are dual aspect, improving cross-ventilation and combating overheating.
Placemaking is at the forefront of the design proposals, aiming to transform the former brownfield site into a new sustainable and inclusive neighbourhood. Distinct character areas are created throughout the scheme to provide a contextual response to the varied edges of the site. These character areas are created using a diverse range of building typologies and street types.
An architectural language for the facades was evolved to create a distinct identity for the neighbourhood, using a grid structure throughout the development which is a contemporary interpretation of the façade detail on the adjacent 1970s hospital buildings.
A high-quality public realm strategy has been created to build upon the existing ecological assets of the site. The rich green nature of the site is enhanced by new public realm, raingarden, play spaces, generous private amenity and secure communal courtyards.