The London Borough of Brent have granted planning permission for a new mixed use scheme adjacent to Wembley Stadium. The proposal, for Access Self Storage, re-provides the existing storage use as well as new office space, a Class E unit, 529 Build to Rent homes and 129 co-living studios.
ColladoCollins Architects has worked with the Local Borough and Access Self Storage to design a scheme which works with the wider masterplan for the regeneration of Wembley. Consideration has also been given to both the existing and emerging context to ensure the scheme works for occupants now and in the future.
Potentially reaching up to 22 floors, the scheme is located nearby the stadium and developing masterplan. Along First Way a new landscaped courtyard acts as the main entrance into the residential development. This outdoor space has been designed by landscape architects Gillespies to provide an attractive and inviting entrance into the scheme. Although an outdoor space, it can also be closed off and protected on busy event days.
The main residential entrance lobby faces and connects to this courtyard, with a series of lifts and a grand-feature staircase leading to the landscaped podium gardens that joins to all five residential buildings. This raised linear park provides a sanctuary for residents. Lush planting, play space, orchards and grow spaces ensure that this space will be well used.
Commercial spaces are located at the lower levels, activating the scheme at street level. The residential homes are across five connected but visually separated buildings. Variations in height and façade treatment create an interesting dynamic elevation – and solid black brick facades are contrasted with playful angular white fins which extend up the building. At lower levels, space in between these fins is used to create opportunities for planting.
ColladoCollins, Access Self Storage, the London Borough of Brent and Gillespies have worked alongside planning consultant DP9, with Cityscape creating the visuals.