Kingston Borough Council granted planning permission for 106 residential units on an unused field at Tolworth Girls’ School in Kingston Upon Thames. Pegasus Urban Design have worked closely with Taylor Wimpey to create a high density, contemporary scheme. The layout is founded on the best practice in urban design, community integration and sustainable development, with strong links to the wider area. It aims to create a development for the 21st Century, whilst reflecting the desirable elements of the local vernacular.
The development achieves an average net density of 60 dwellings per hectare (dph). This density results in the efficient use of the site whilst at the same time promoting densities which are appropriate to the local area and which will help assimilate the development into the surrounding areas. A range of house types and sizes are provided which will assist in creating a balanced community, as a variety of households can be accommodated thereby minimising the potential for social exclusion.
The entrance to the site is clearly defined by three, 4 storey apartment blocks. These buildings form the primary frontage, overlooking the public open space, providing natural surveillance and creating enclosure. Within the site a variety of semi-detached and terraced rows protect the suburban character of the area. A simple materials palette has been chosen to create a high quality, contemporary scheme, with a distinctive quality. Key spaces within the development are linked together with attractive shared surface streets. These areas allow people a place to stop and enjoy giving a focus on pedestrians rather than cars.