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The Cundy Street Quarter will transform a closed off site, currently dominated by car parking, with no public amenities and tired affordable housing, into a handsome, low carbon part of Belgravia.
The plans provide 88 affordable homes on site, including new social rent homes for Walden House residents delivered in phase one, allowing residents to move just once into new, larger homes.
These homes will be framed by improved green spaces and introduce a community hub, food store and cinema to the area.
There would be a new and inviting entrance from Orange Square into Elizabeth Place Gardens; a transformed lush urban garden. At night, the gates would be closed to help create a safe and secure environment. Some small improvements would be made to Orange Square itself to make it greener and more accessible.
Elizabeth Place Gardens
The existing Coleshill car park would be transformed into a lush urban garden with a water feature and a wide variety of plants to enhance biodiversity. The new building fronting the Gardens will be socially rented housing with a flexible community space at ground floor which would open onto the Gardens which include a dedicated space for all residents of the Cundy Street Quarter, including residents of the Coleshill Flats.
Pimlico Road / Avery Farm Row
Improvements to Avery Farm Row, including vehicle restrictions, will make it more cyclist and pedestrian friendly whilst the relocated water fountain will mark a prominent gateway to this part of Belgravia.
Access to the new residential building will be opposite the revitalised Ebury Square, helping to animate the area and deter anti-social behaviour.
Ebury Square Gardens (central)
The design for Ebury Square Gardens has been revised to integrate play space more sensitively.
Ebury Square Gardens (play)
£10 million would be invested into new and existing public spaces, including Ebury Square, providing much needed spaces for children to play.
Elizabeth Place from Cundy Street
On the right of the new pedestrian entrance to Elizabeth Place is the specialist senior living accommodation with shops on the ground floor. On the left is a mix of shops, restaurants and cafés with outside seating and new homes on the floors above. In the distance you can see a resident’s garden with new planting and trees, as well as the new view towards the Grade I Listed St Barnabas Church spire.
The specialist senior living building on the corner, and the new residential building next to it, will repair the historic street pattern towards the Coleshill Flats. The pavement will be almost twice the existing width along Ebury Street with replacement street trees, hedging at ground floor and greening up the building. The vehicular drop off has been moved to Cundy Street but a new pedestrian entrance named Five Fields Row leading to Elizabeth Place remains.
This section shares details on the design development, height of buildings and proposed materials.
Proposed new buildings
The design of the new buildings is guided by a series of design principles that were identified early in the project.
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Westminster Council has approved Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's plans for the Cundy Street Quarter.
Grosvenor is replacing five existing buildings with new housing including 88 affordable homes (including 44 social rented), senior living housing for up to 170 people and 75 open market homes. These will be framed by new and improved green spaces and introduce a community hub, food store and cinema to the area.
The approval follows the deferral of the application in February 2021 to consider the impact of removing the top floor from the senior living building fronting Ebury Street.
The revised proposal met the request to reduce the impact on daylight and sunlight whilst also minimising the reduction in new intermediate rent homes for Westminster.
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