Green light for Sheppard Robson’s Grand Union Masterplan and Phase 3 residential development

17th March 2021

St George has received unanimous approval by the planning committee for an updated Grand Union masterplan, designed by Sheppard Robson, which secures an additional 320 homes, bringing the total number of homes delivered by this scheme to the London Borough of Brent to 3,350 homes. The proposals are in outline and detail designs for Phase 3, which will contribute 339 homes to the wider project.

Drawing on the sites industrial heritage and natural assets, the architect’s vision will contribute to the transformation of the neighbourhood, delivering new homes and public realm set along the historic Grand Union Canal and the River Brent, the revised masterplan makes changes to Phases 3 to 7, building off the first two stages to deliver a total of 3,350 new homes at completion.

The new masterplan, designed by Sheppard Robson for St George, West London, has been primarily updated to include more extensive landscape across the entire site, with the changes applied to Phases 3 to 7. A more varied and responsive sequence of building typologies have been added, in addition to edge conditions that more appropriately respond to adjacent streets and waterways and create pedestrian permeability throughout the scheme.

A series of small green spaces, a green street, and a large park—featuring a waterfall and a terraced amphitheatre—have been integrated into the design. The landmark ‘Block J’ building in Phase 3 acts as a marker for the park, with a distinct hexagonal form acting as a focal point on the skyline.

The Phase 3 design includes three buildings, with Block J rising to 25 storeys in height, and Blocks G and H offering low-rise mansion buildings for a variety of housing offer. The hexagonal form of Block J helps provide generous dual aspect, while creating an elegant building profile. Generous balconies have been integrated into the building form, while stone banding unifies the design with the wider development. Leisure and workspace facilities are provided at ground level, helping to enliven the adjacent public spaces.

Blocks G and H feature an interlocking form that creates space for generous roof terraces, while providing high levels of dual aspect with ample sunlight to homes and outdoor spaces. The designs develop on the industrial heritage character of the wider masterplan that was introduced in Phase 2, with care given to craftsmanship and detailing, and a gridded character reflecting Victorian warehouse aesthetics.

The residential buildings feature a mix of private and affordable homes, including affordable rent and shared ownership tenures, totalling 440 new homes, to offer 35% affordable tenure, in line with the affordability goals for the wider masterplan.

Alan Shingler, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said: ‘We are proud to be able to enhance the Grand Union masterplan, whilst simplifying the delivery of this new neighbourhood with placemaking and connectivity at the heart of our design. We are pleased to be able to add Phase 3 designs consented in detail to our designs for Phase 2, which received planning earlier this year.’