Access to outdoor space has never been so important. Even before the pandemic, research from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health had shown that living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting, positive impact on mental wellbeing. And according to the University of Exeter, outdoor exercise leads to an estimated £2.2bn of health benefits for adults in England every year.
As we look forward to coming out lockdown, green spaces has never been more sought after. However according to the Office for National Statistics, one in eight households in Great Britain – and one in five in London – have no access to a garden, either private or shared.
Quintain Living’s Wembley Park Build to Rent scheme – which oversees the rental of over 2,500 apartments – is championing the importance of green spaces in urban settings. The company’s Montana and Dakota buildings have an acre of private residential gardens, while its Alto apartments include a private mezzanine terrace with lawns and water features.
The crowning jewel in terms of urban green spaces is Quintain Living’s Canada Gardens – which raced ahead to deliver 671 new homes, increasing the company’s portfolio by 38%. The stylish, contemporary homes are nestled within an acre of private resident gardens, with abundant greenery in the heart of this vibrant urban setting.
“Safe, open, green space was our focus right from the outset at Canada Gardens. We’ve created an oasis of calm within an urban setting, providing residents with the space to connect with nature and allow children to play, while on the doorstep of the incredible wealth of shops, restaurants, cultural and leisure pursuits available in Wembley Park.”Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living
Quintain Living has taken a proactive approach to social space at Canada Gardens – so residents have access to a number of green spaces – such as hireable allotments, designer work from home garden sheds, and a pirate ship themed children’s play area and water feature. The one-acre private podium garden is awash with garden-party design features like outdoor kitchen entertainment spaces and BBQs, as well as a children’s play hut. There’s also a pet park and an enormous roof terrace providing 360° views of the city, the Chilterns and the iconic Wembley Stadium arch.
In addition to the extensive outdoor space already available, Canada Gardens residents are set to benefit from a seven-acre park that will be opening this year – a portion of which is already available, with outdoor exercise equipment and water features.
“The commitment to greenery is in evidence across the whole of Wembley Park. The seven-acre park will be a wonderful addition to the local neighbourhood and outside space forms an important part of each building that we design. We’ve even ensured that the boulevards across the wider site are lined with trees, a planting strategy that Quintain has won awards for, so that residents can enjoy greenery with their morning coffee or walk to work.”Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living
The inclusion of an abundance of trees along the boulevards that crisscross Wembley Park is one that is now being embraced more widely across the country. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has proposed that all new streets be lined with trees – as part of new plans to create more attractive neighbourhoods that enhance biodiversity and improve access to nature. The proposals have won the backing of 22 local areas so far and support the government’s commitment to plant 30 million trees by 2025.
“We are committed to a diverse and sustainable neighbourhood for our residents to enjoy and the planting strategy we have across our developments, and wider Wembley Park, is a key part of this.”Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living