620-home Romford regen scheme gets planning

15th March 2018

Sheppard Robson has received planning permission from the London Borough of Havering for a 620-home development to the south of Romford rail station.

The £250m project – a mix of build for rent, market and affordable units – is formed of 11 blocks that have been configured to create a new residential community, with generous public realm encouraging permeability through the site and improving the pedestrian access to the neighbouring Queen’s hospital.

The masterplan creates improved pedestrian access and cycle lanes, with a central ‘street’ that is activated by pocket squares and a series of facilities for the community. Permeability is further enhanced by a series of green spaces in between the blocks and around the perimeter of the site, which animates the edges of the development. As well as 1, 2, 3 and 4-bed apartments, the project will also include a local supermarket, doctor’s surgery, gym, café and 148 car parking spaces.

Alan Shingler, partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

“The project is part of the emerging regeneration to the south of Romford Station, with this latest project signalling the ambition to foster a high-quality, residential community.

“The proposals are given a civic quality through the inclusion of a sequence of generous green spaces that help this large project mediate between public and private spaces.”

The varying size and shape of the blocks – ranging from 4-8 storeys – have been arranged to break down the mass of the development so it relates to the surrounding townscape. The configuration and height of the blocks allow sunlight into the courtyards spaces whilst also optimising daylight into the homes.

A variety of red and buff brickwork, as well as a range of façade details, are used to create a ‘family’ of buildings that are clearly related but have subtle variations in character and contextual response.