Victoria Wharf shortlisted at this year's Housing Design Awards!



We’re delighted to announce that our Victoria Wharf scheme has been shortlisted for another prestigious accolade, this time for the Housing Design Awards 2018. Nominated under the HDA’s ‘completed’ category, the project for Westminster Community Homes and Westminster Council has seen 22 thoughtfully designed homes made available for intermediate rent (and all now taken), aiming to provide some of the much-needed affordable housing for the local area.

CGL was initially appointed by Westminster Community Homes to produce a design that had to overcome significant site constraints, with the aim of building a high-quality contemporary building that differed from the usual affordable housing scheme. Built on a disused brownfield site, the scheme has been developed through a compact housing model that appeals to renters, reinforcing the concept of building for people from all backgrounds.

The design has also been carefully considered from every angle. The colourful and layered approach to the south facade; perforated, sliding aluminium screens, glazed coloured bricks to inset balconies, on the street, traditional diaper pattern brickwork – using projecting Viennese-dipped glazed bricks within the Flemish bond – create subtle and tactile patterns that add interest to the street scene. Meanwhile, the green glazed brickwork acts as a bold visual termination of St. Johns Terrace. Inspiration for the colours and repeating diamond motif, abstracted to a fractal pattern, was taken from the traditional decoration of the canal boats – particularly noticeable in the metal panels and green screen wall on Ladbroke Grove.

The Housing Design Awards is one of the longest-running award ceremonies, having launched in 1948 to reward better post-war refurbishments. Recognised by all five major professional institutions (RICS, RIBA, RPTI, Landscape Institute and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and with an expert judging panel, these awards aim to showcase and pay tribute to skill and innovation in design.

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