The St John’s Wood Square Project relates to the development of the former St John’s Wood Barracks together with no. 1-7 Queen’s Terrace.
The 2.2 hectare site is located in the heart of St John’s Wood between Finchley Road to the west and Primrose Hill to the east and is on the edge of the St John’s Wood Conservation Area.
In May 2011, planning permission was granted by Westminster City Council for a residential scheme. Since that time, St John’s Wood Square Ltd has acquired the site and, following a review of the proposals, submitted a revised planning application for the site. The application was approved by Westminster City Council in April 2015.
The consent allows for the provision of 117 private dwellings and 100 affordable dwellings (41 of which are offsite), as well as the restoration and re-purposing of the Grade II listed Riding School as an amenity. Prior to any occupation of private homes onsite, the 41-offsite affordable homes will be completed.
St John’s Wood Square Ltd intends to provide a high-quality residential environment, which is in keeping with the St John’s Wood area.
The vision is to create a living community, which can add value to, and be part of, the St John’s Wood locale through:
In 2022, Westminster City Council consented for the following amendments to the planning permission:
PLANNING APPLICATION OVERVIEW
The owners of the former barracks, St John’s Wood Square Ltd, received planning permission for the site’s residential redevelopment in 2015. In 2022, Westminster City Council approved minor amendments to the scheme.
The planning permission allows for the provision of 120 private dwellings and 100 affordable dwellings (41 of which are off site), as well as the restoration and re-purposing of the Grade II listed Riding School as leisure amenity.
As part of the consent, the following commitments were made:
The development will form its own CPZ (parking zone) and residents will not be entitled to apply for permits outside of this zone
The private swimming pool (contained within the Riding School) will be made available for use by local residents and schools at times to be agreedDisclaimer
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New planning application submitted
A new planning application has been submitted to Westminster Council for modifications to the current planning permission at St John’s Wood Square development.
The major changes proposed include moving the swimming pool from the ground floor to the lower ground floor of the Riding School due to concerns about heat and humidity potentially damaging the Grade II listed timbers. This change would improve energy efficiency and public accessibility and protect the historic structure.
The energy strategy will also be revised, replacing the boilers with Air Source Heat Pumps to remove fossil fuels from the scheme, increase insulation and air-tightness of buildings, and meet the 2021 Part L requirements. The building will be among the first luxury developments to use all Heat Pump technology.
In light of changing fire safety regulations, the project will see improvements in exit routes, including minor changes to the elevations of blocks to include new escape corridors to enhance safety for residents and ensures easier access for emergency personnel.
In response to current planning policies in Westminster and London that encourage car-free developments, the project will also remove 20 basement car parking spaces in Block 9, favouring a single disabled space. Residents in affordable housing units will not have car park spaces or be eligible to apply for street parking permits.
The plan includes general minor updates such as the removal of maintenance cradles from roofs due to a revised maintenance strategy involving Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). This results in more efficient management, improved roof designs, and safer maintenance plans.
McGee has been appointed to deliver demolition and enabling works at the St John’s Wood Barracks site.
Work on site will start in late October 2022 and will include asbestos removal, UKPN works, demolition and enabling works.
Seb Fossey, Group Managing Director, commented: “McGee has an extensive track record of delivering similar, and broader, scopes of work on a number of super-prime residential developments in London and I’m delighted that our client has put their trust in the experience of our team to get this highly anticipated scheme up and running.”
The 2.2-ha site served as headquarters for the Royal Horse Artillery until 2012 and soon will offer around 120 private and 100 affordable homes.
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