Alto Development Wembley Park Housing, Northwest London Apartments, Residential Building
Alto Development Wembley Park
London Residential Property for Quintain design by Flanagan Lawrence, England
5 Jun 2018
Alto Development in Wembley Park
Architects: Flanagan Lawrence
Location: Wembley Park, Northwest London, England, UK
Flanagan Lawrence completes Alto residential development in Wembley
Set within Wembley Park, London, Flanagan Lawrence’s Alto development is a large-scale residential development for Quintain. Inspired by the adjacent stadium’s leading-edge design, the development forms a key part of one of the UK’s most ambitious regeneration projects.
Quintain is transforming what was a derelict brownfield site into a dynamic mixed-use neighbourhood located just 12 minutes from Central London.
Photographs © Hufton+Crow
Recently named Development of the Year at the 2018 RESI Awards, the Alto development has been designed as part of Quintain’s larger masterplan for the 85 acre site, which also delivers 42 acres of public realm, creating an urban oasis with pockets of green and open space. Seamlessly integrated public realm is a key feature of the scheme, which includes Elvin Gardens, and adjacent pocket parks.
Angus Dodd, CEO of Quintain, said: “We’re delighted to announce this completion, marking another milestone on our journey to delivering the largest number of build to rent homes on a single site in the UK.
“The Alto development provides rental and purchase offers that we believe are extremely attractive in today’s market and its completion takes us closer to realising our ambition of 5,000 new rental homes in Wembley Park.”
The Alto development comprises 362 apartments across four blocks, ranging from nine to 19 storeys in height, comprising:
• Alto Apartments – 120 Build-to-Rent (BtR) homes
• Belcanto and Pienna – 211 for sale apartments
• Vivo – 31 apartments for affordable rent and discount market sale
The apartments, designed by FLINT, the in-house interior design team at Flanagan Lawrence, all benefit from open plan living, kitchen and dining areas with peninsula or island kitchens forming a focal point. Floor to ceiling windows maximise natural daylight and high quality of finishes, fixtures and appliances have been specified.
The stepped, framed tiers and symmetrical lines of Alto’s design establish a distinctive, considered order, and clearly respond to the internal layout. The articulation and scale of each elevation’s facade responds to the immediate context, achieving civic presence through the use of natural stone, glass and aluminium cladding.
The main entrance to the building leads from Elvin Gardens into an impressive double-height lobby, with a concierge facility providing services for all residents. Residents can then also access the landscaped courtyard at the centre of the development, which enjoys a strong visual link with Paul Daisley Gardens, next to the Civic Centre.
The BtR apartments are run by Quintain’s dedicated rental management company, Tipi. This building is the third in its portfolio and forms part of Quintain’s wider strategy, which will see Wembley Park become the UK’s largest BtR development, with over 5,000 new rental homes.
Tipi’s building is a leading example of a professionally managed rental product with amenities based around tenant requirements. It includes both indoor and outdoor social spaces available for everyday use or for hire, and includes a shared state-of-the art kitchen, a lounge with break-out areas and 100mb/s broadband for home-workers, a gym and a rooftop terrace with 360˚ views of Wembley Stadium and beyond over London.
The affordable units in Vivo, which are managed by Network Homes, comprise 18 affordable rented units and 13 are intermediate market units. Many apartments within Vivo are dual aspect, and all are designed in full compliance with the LHDG and Lifetime Homes. Rooms within apartments often exceed LHDG internal area requirements and external amenity provision is often more generous than required.
A 300 sqm community centre – ‘The Yellow’ – sits at its heart. As part of Quintain’s extensive community engagement programme, and wider placemaking initiative, ‘The Yellow’ is designed to bring people together within a community who live, work and study in Wembley Park.
Jason Flanagan, Director, Flanagan Lawrence, adds: “We are thrilled that Alto has been recognised as ‘Development of the Year’ at the 2018 RESI Awards. Alto is our first completed building for Quintain within the emerging north-west quarter of Wembley Park, and is part of the transformation of the area into the UK’s largest purpose-built Build-to-Rent scheme.
Set amongst a framework of landscaped courtyards and garden squares, Alto is characterised by its distinctive profile of striking towers which increase in height towards the north, creating roof terraces overlooking the Civic Centre and Stadium”.
Quintain has collaborated with London arts organisation Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) to provide eight affordable art studios within the Alto development, providing long-term affordable employment space and helping turn Wembley Park into a hub for creativity and culture.
Residential sales in Pienna and Belcanto launched in September 2015 with apartments ranging in cost from £350,000 to over £1m for the Penthouse Collection. Sales momentum was strong, with a significant number of people happy to purchase a new home off plan, and 90% of apartments were sold before unit completions in summer 2017.
A number of one and two bedroom apartments were also retained for the launch of Help to Buy, which allowed local buyers who would not have been in a position to purchase off plan the opportunity to live in the development.
The lease up for Tipi was equally strong. The team has had success growing income since opening, with current rents (inclusive of broadband and utilities) being £1,850 for 1-beds and £2,350 for 2-beds. Tipi’s building launched in September 2017, and by December that year was already 70% leased, with stabilised occupancy expected early in 2018
Alto Development Wembley – Building Information
Client: Quintain Ltd
Architect: Flanagan Lawrence
Interior Designer: FLINT
Planning Consultant; WYG Project Manager /
Employer’s Agent: Stace
Main Contractor: Wates
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Cost Consultant: Tower 8
Landscape Architect: LDA
Building Services Engineer, Sustainability, CFSH, Vertical Transportation: Hilson Moran
Acoustic Engineer: AECOM
Façade Consultant: Interface Façade Engineering
Fire Engineer: JGA
Transport and Logistics: I-Transport
Access Consultant: SYSTRA-JMP
Flanagan Lawrence is an award-winning, design-led architectural practice based in London. Working in a dynamic studio environment, our work process is driven by analysis, creativity and rigorous commercial understanding.
The practice has an impressive collective expertise across a broad range of public and private sectors and building typologies including large-scale commercial projects and high-end residential schemes, as well as cultural, hotel and leisure, and major masterplanning projects both in the UK and internationally.
Flanagan Lawrence has worked with a diverse body of clients in both the private and public sectors.
Private Clients include ASK Property, Athos, BAA Lynton, British Land, Brookfield Europe, Candy & Candy, Chelsfield, Development Securities, Espalier, Finchatton, Grainger, Great Portland Estates, Grosvenor, Herby Holdings, Land Securities, Londonewcastle, Muse Developments, Quintain Estates and Developments, Segro, and the Sellar Property Group.
Public sector work has included performance and office space, as well as regeneration schemes. Clients have included the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Live Theatre, Riverside Studios, Sadler’s Wells Theatre Trust, Soundforms plc, The Sage Gateshead, as well as Imperial College, Oxford, Manchester City Council
and Littlehampton Council.
FLINT is an interior design agency with 40 years of collective experience. The agency prides itself on the close relationships it cultivates with clients and believes interior design should appeal to all the senses, with the best design producing a positive emotional response.
Quintain is the London developer behind the transformation of Wembley Park in north west London.
Established in 1992, Quintain acquired its interest in Wembley Park in 2002. To date, the 85-acre development has seen £1bn invested and welcomed over 11.5 million visitors last year and 1,800 residents.
The site currently comprises The SSE Arena, Wembley which Quintain refurbished and reopened in 2006; London Designer Outlet, which includes 70 high street outlet stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and a 9-screen Cineworld cinema; a 361 room 4 star Hilton Hotel and 1,000 new homes. Brent Civic Centre was built in 2012 and Wembley Stadium, owned by the FA Group, is a close neighbour.
In 2016 Quintain launched Tipi, the lifestyle-focused rental operator which offers an all-inclusive rental package to those seeking an easier way to rent in the capital. Between now and 2022 it is expected that a further £1.8 billion will be invested at Wembley Park as Quintain develops around 1 million square feet of office and workspace and a further 6,000 homes, across a broad range of tenures, which will make a significant contribution both to Brent and London’s housing need. Currently 3,100 homes are under construction.
Wembley Park already benefits from wide boulevards and attractive public spaces – new parks and public realm will bring the total area of open spaces to around 42 acres. Wembley Park has excellent transport connections to central London via the Jubilee and Metropolitan tube lines from Wembley Park and overground from Wembley Stadium station. It is just nine minutes from Marylebone and 12 minutes from Baker Street and recently welcomed the Night Tube.
www.quintain.co.uk www.tipi.london www.wembleypark.com www.londondesigneroutlet.com
Photos © Hufton+Crow
Alto Development London images / information received June 2018 from Flanagan Lawrence
Location: Wembley Park, London, England, UK
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