Meridian Gate, Kidbrooke Village Masterplan
Client: Berkeley Homes
Completion Date: 2012
Originally an acclaimed RAF base, post WWII the Kidbrooke Village site became the Ferrier Estate, a 1900 home single tenure estate with a brutal reputation. The site was marked for redevelopment and in 2007 Greenwich Council selected Berkeley Homes as the preferred development partner. Berkeley’s vision is to create a distinctive and green regeneration of the estate which integrates and connects with existing communities surrounding the site. Berkeley Homes commissioned CZWG in 2010 to revise a 7.32 ha area of their 4000 homes’ masterplan (prepared by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands) in order to unlock a detailed phase of circa 350 homes. In 2012 CZWG secured a hybrid outline and detail planning permission for nine urban blocks (1260 homes) on the site now known as ‘Meridian Gate’. The site adjoins the suburb of Blackheath and benefits from a great sway of mature parkland. The LDS masterplan stipulated a mix of blocks of flats and houses on the site, however to achieve the desired density, apartment blocks were relatively highset against two or three storey houses. CZWG’s revised layout proposed a ‘Paragon Model’; integrating apartment buildings with the houses and echoing the varied scale of the villa in Blackheath and colonnades of the historic Paragon. The design also integrates into the denser parts of the original masterplan, creating a more open and responsive connection to the park landscape. CZWG has since taken Phase 4, the first three blocks (375 homes), through to completion. In 2015 CZWG achieved detailed planning for Phase 5 (the remaining 6 blocks) and Berkeley Homes has commenced building the first Block (D) containing 21 houses and 86 apartments. CZWG continue to have an ongoing monitoring role.