London Road

London Road

Staines-upon-Thames

Berkeley Homes

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The Brief

This major site within the town centre has stood vacant for a decade since the demolishment of the former British Gas (Centrica) HQ building. We were briefed to develop designs for a mixed-use residential, office and retail scheme that would be implementable and deliverable.

Concept

Sitting on one of the main routes into Staines, we felt the site deserved a building of stature to mark an arrival into town. Having sat dormant for so long our chief aim was to create a really meaningful open space within the site. A new place for people to meet and enjoy each other’s company; to extend the vibrancy of the high street and blend a new community with the existing one.

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Features

The buildings are arranged as pavilions around this shared garden space, orientated to capture as much daylight as possible. The principle materials of white stone bands and bronze have a restrained, civic quality but are layered in lighter proportions so the richness of activity from people living within the buildings shines through. The bronze panels are cut with a geometric pattern which is a reference to Staines history of manufacturing lino whilst the central water feature set within the public gardens reminds you this is a riverside town and the banks of the Thames are a short walk away.

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Overview

Status
Planning Secured
Value
£145m
Size
45,000 sq m
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