As an iconic site with a rich military heritage, it was important we retained its historic features.
Kitchener Barracks comprises 302 homes, of which 234 are new-build modular houses and apartment blocks. As an iconic site with a rich military heritage, it was important that the development should retain its historic features, including part of the 1930s Khartoum Building, the Barrack Block, and the former Ordinance Store. These will be used to provide a pub, a restaurant, offices and shopping facilities.
With good access to central London via HS1, Kitchener Barracks is ideally situated to help to ease some of the pressure on housing in the capital. Bond Bryan have been appointed to deliver the scheme due to our expertise around Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).
Using Modern Methods of Construction to deliver the new homes – in which elements are built offsite in a factory environment and then shipped to site and assembled – helps to speed up the construction programme and means that homes can come to market far more quickly. It also provides greater cost certainty – since the factory environment takes away many of the variables associated with a traditional construction site.
The masterplan offers a mixture of communal residential space, with private gardens and a shared public realm. The green spaces offer new hard landscaped pedestrian and vehicle shared routes, to create a varied and inspiring outdoor living environment to complement the residences. Pedestrian access is provided in a safe environment by a network of footpaths and shared spaces in conjunction with vehicular access to parking zones, with safe provision for refuse and fire tender access to key areas. Elements of the design are specifically aimed at reducing traffic speed and create a pedestrian and cycle friendly environment.
These proposals have been carefully considered, in the context of the residential development, the existing/retained building infrastructure of the Kitchener Barracks, as well as the wider site context and constraints for a new community.
The existing building is to be fully refurbished with the operational accommodation and appliance bays being retained at ground floor level.
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