Aldenham Road Mixed Use Development – London
Linden Hill Capital Management
Bowman Riley was appointed to develop the designs of a new high-quality mixed-use development on Aldenham Road in Watford with retail and residential accommodation that will make a positive contribution to the surrounding street environment and the growing residential community.
The scheme will create a contemporary and sustainable development that will contribute to the area’s future redevelopment and that is in line with the Local Development Plan. The development will re-establish the street frontage by filling an incongruous gap and mediating between varying differences in scale, materiality and massing of the neighbouring buildings.
The project entails the demolition of the existing tile and windows showroom and the redevelopment of the site with the construction of a high-quality, mixed-use development over three storeys. The proposals comprise a retail unit on the ground floor and nine self-contained apartments on the first and second floors designed to be well proportioned with good natural daylighting. Associated car and cycle parking will be provided.
A simple palette of attractive and high-quality materials have been specified that blend well with the surrounding context and that are detailed carefully to be durable and age gracefully. The site’s ecology value will be improved by introducing carefully-designed landscape planting and wildlife habitats.
The method of construction used is Thermohouse, a completely energy-efficient building system. The components provide insulating concrete walls, insulated panels used to cast-in-situ concrete floors and flat roofs and an insulated roofing panel. The combined properties of these materials result in strong and efficient structures with a reduced impact on the environment and lower energy bills.