North Westminster Community School

 

Sandwiched between the Westway and the canal basin, this 3.66 acre site was first included in the Paddington Opportunity Area when the school which formally occupied the site closed in 2010, and the City Council wish to encourage a primarily residential scheme on the site. In April 2012 the site was acquired by our client, Amwaj Property Limited, a company based in Bahrain, from Westminster City Council.

 

Consequently, Amwaj commissioned Affordable Housing Solutions along with award winning designers, Assael Architecture, to review the potential of the site as a residentially led mixed-use development.

 

The resultant proposed scheme will be developer in two phases. Phase 1, will deliver 150 new residential apartments as well as retail, business, social and community space and improved public realm. The construction cost is of the order of £70 million.

 

Affordable Housing Solutions has added significant value to the project team in terms of our initial strategic input, and also through the delivery of scheme specific affordable housing services including viability modelling, design and specification advise.

 

The residential units have been designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and commercial uses will be rated BREEAM excellent.

 

Affordable Housing Solutions are continuing to develop proposals for Site 2 of the  masterplan. The planning application, submitted in the Autumn of 2013, includes housing, retail, affordable business space, social and community uses as well as a 4* hotel and serviced apartments.