First look at Sheppard Robson’s mixed-use development in Wood Green, London

6th September 2019

Planning permission has been granted for Sheppard Robson’s £75m residential-led, mixed-use development in Wood Green, London. Designed for Lazari Investments, the project brings together: 197 homes (with 40% affordable housing); a 134-key hotel; retail and restaurant units addressing the high street and courtyard; and workspace for local, emerging businesses to stimulate an energetic pocket of London.

The development is clustered around a generous public space, knitting together a rich mix of uses, whilst providing respite from the bustle of the high-street. A courtyard adds permeability through the site, connecting the development to its surroundings, which is complemented by two podium gardens and shared roof terraces for residents, with landscape design by Exterior Architecture.

The massing of the buildings has been shaped around the area’s strategic urban plan, responding to both the liveliness and scale of the high street as well as the quieter, more residential character of Bury Road. The elevations of the residential designs vary in treatment, modulating the building form, and articulating the mass of the structures. The proportions and palette have also been used to mediate between the different urban characters around the site, with the brick of Bury and Wymark Roads referencing nearby Noel Park conservation area. At the heart of the project, the design around the central courtyard adopts a lighter material quality to emphasise ground floor uses and residential entrances, defining a lively, inviting shared space.

Dan Burr, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “There’s much discussion about the changing nature of the high street and how our town centres will be impacted by ‘big-box’ retail disappearing. This project shows how a “gap site” left by a deep-plan, outmoded, department store building can be repurposed to be agile to the needs of the evolving community. The scheme provides compact retail units which will reenergise the high street and complement the residential and hotel use. Public realm is designed to form the focus of activity throughout the day and into the evening.”