News 18.07.2023

Hendon Waterside planning applications submitted

Two significant planning applications have been submitted by Barratt Metropolitan LLP (comprising Barratt London and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing) to complete Hendon Waterside, a major redevelopment in the London borough of Barnet.

The proposals comprise 1,082 residential apartments, including 329 new affordable homes, a new community healthcare (GP) surgery and flexible retail space, all set in significant new landscape and public realm by Gillespies.

The landscape design was inspired by the adjoining Brent (Welsh Harp) reservoir, with 'ripples' created through lawns, planting, seating, play areas and circulation paths. There are easily accessible areas for play and discovery for all age groups, themed on nature and the heritage of the reservoir and its walking, bird-watching and education activities.

The overall landscape masterplan expands the reservoir’s rich biodiversity - it is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). An interconnected network of green spaces, courtyards and street planting links the new public York park beside the reservoir through the site and all the way to the Broadway. The designs improve pedestrian connectivity and support active lifestyles, with generous places for play-on-the-way and community interaction. Trees will line the streets and cover the open plazas. There is a private lushly-planted courtyard for each building block, with large play areas for younger residents and seating areas for supervising adults. Most buildings will have accessible green roof gardens with views over the reservoir, contributing an extra layer of greening and biodiversity to the site as well as an extra outdoor space for residents. In addition, there will be biodiverse and brown roofs under the solar panel arrays.

The landscape will create a lively and biodiverse space, offering a healthy and relaxing environment for residents and visitors.

The project was a collaboration between Makower Architects, Gillespies, and Hutchinson & Partners, with input from Quod, to design proposals that will sit alongside earlier buildings by Allies and Morrison, Makower Architects and Mikhail Riches. The submissions represent the culmination of 18 months of work by the client (Barratt Metropolitan LLP) and the full consultant team, in collaboration with Barnet Council, Greater London Authority, Transport for London and the local community.

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(CGI copyright Secchi Smith; plan copyright Gillespies)