Meridian Gate, Kidbrooke Village Phase 5
Client: Berkeley Homes
Date: Currently under construction
Originally an acclaimed RAF base, post WWII the Kidbrooke Village site became the Ferrier Estate, a 1,900 home single tenure estate with a brutal reputation. Built in 1968 it was deemed the height of post modern brutalist architecture. Falling into disrepair in the 1980s, 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 blocks (1260 units) on the site now known as ‘Meridian Gate’. The site adjoins the suburb of Blackheath and benefits from a great sway of mature parkland. 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. Phase 4 was the first three of the nine urban blocks to be delivered by CZWG, providing 375 flats, houses and a resident’s gym. In 2015 CZWG achieved detailed planning for Phase 5 (the remaining 6 blocks and 1144 homes) and Berkeley Homes has commenced building the first Block (D) containing 21 houses and 86 apartments. CZWG continue to have an ongoing monitoring role.