Development of 130 flats and maisonettes in South Kilburn regeneration area receives planning permission.

Architect Levitt Bernstein's development for 130 new flats and maisonettes in two phases has received planning permission from the London Borough of Brent planning committee.

The site, in Granville Road, will form a major strand of the development within the 48 ha South Kilburn regeneration area in the London Borough of Brent.

The community-led project includes a purpose-built home for the Tabot Centre, a local community youth facility and a park for local residents. The project will now proceed directly to construction stage with the appointed contractors.

The urban design is a contemporary reinterpretation of the historic London terrace, forming a dialogue with the existing Victorian street pattern, respecting building line and adjacent height.

The new dwellings will be 100 % affordable and provide replacement housing for the existing community. They are designed to benefit from good daylight and natural ventilation, being oriented to make best use of southerly and westerly light and wind.

The ‘roof-life' concept seeks to deliver substantial external space for each dwelling, providing patios, terraces and balconies. A commitment to supporting a sustainable community in the 21st Century lies at the heart of the proposal, so the project was conceived with sustainability issues in mind and includes sedum-planted roofs, passive thermal storage, solar thermal panels, rainwater harvesting and thermal and acoustic insulation in excess of required standards.

The family of related buildings making up the development will be faced with random-mix buff and blue brick cladding and lightweight panels for the upper storeys.

The target date for completion is Autumn 2007.