AREA worked with architects Pollard Thomas Edwards on the redevelopment of the former Zenith House site, to create 309 residential units, of which 44% are affordable, and a further 1,700sqm of commercial and community accommodation and communal outdoor areas.
At the heart of the development is a sixteen storey perimeter block which wraps around a central courtyard with basement parking beneath. The garden courtyard negotiates the sloping site and varying floor levels of the adjacent buildings with a series of broad terraces of differing character, and includes a play area with playable features rather than just 'equipment',
The courtyard has been designed to bring nature into this dense development adjacent to a busy main road, and includes rich planting and semi-mature trees, providing a pleasant outlook and privacy to podium level dwellings, and accommodating a range of active uses for residents, including children’s play, strolling and quiet sitting.
Complete June 2014
Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Contractor: Hill Partnerships