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Shuttleworth Road: a new build development providing 71 affordable homes in a scheme ranging from three- to seven-storeys in height set across four cores.

Shuttleworth Road New Build Development

Battersea, London

Client: Wates Residential / The London Borough of Wandsworth
Project Value: circa £31m
Brief: 71 affordable new build residential units, 8 of which are M4(3) wheelchair accessible, associated car parking, landscaping, public realm improvements & retaining wall to Network Rail land
Sustainability Initiatives: Fabric First, MVHR, SuDs

Shuttleworth Road is a new build development providing 71 affordable homes in a scheme ranging from three- to seven-storeys in height set across four cores. The site is adjacent to Battersea High Street within the heart of Wandsworth and spans a section of Network Rail infrastructure, namely Imperial Wharf & Clapham Junction Stations.

The existing site comprised of a recording studio and lock-up garages which have subsequently been demolished to pave the way for the new building. The London Borough of Wandsworth also purchased a section of land from Network Rail to increase the site plan. Therefore, the development required extensive collaboration with Network Rail to enable a section of embankment to be used as part of the scheme. The retaining wall is a hybrid sheet piled and cast insitu solution to provide a 125 year+ life expectancy of the wall.

The new development is designed to rejuvenate the local area and contribute positively to the public realm with permeable routes connecting new and existing residents to the adjacent Battersea High Street, local amenities and transport links.

All the units are proposed as socially rented, affordable housing for Wandsworth Council, as part of their promise to deliver over 1000 new homes, prioritising local residents on average or below average incomes.

ECD Architects were appointed alongside Wates Residential, the D&B contractor, concurrently with the project starting on site to deliver an inherited Stage 4 Package from the previous architectural practice which had gone in to administration. Upon appointment we therefore took the project through a due diligence review process within a short time frame which included the reworking of internal layouts to ensure full, local authority and planning requirements.

Although the project has had to overcome a number of evolving challenges, including adapting to changing fire building regulations whilst progressing on site (& Covid-19), our development of the scheme through technical design has maintained the original concept of augmenting the existing surrounding street frontages and street scape relating in scale and design.

The collaborative relationship with all parties is being facilitated by working within a 3D modelling environment which allows our team to quickly manipulate and create various design options for appraisal and discussion with the client. Creatively reworking the development, ECD have ensured the scheme achieves its 71 homes required in a mix of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartment and maisonette homes, and maintained its design for accessible roof terraces, play area and wider site enhancements.

Currently on site, planned for completion in December 2021