Unanimous approval for a new office development in Kennington
29 July 2022

With a strong emphasis on future flexibility, GRID architects have secured unanimous planning approval for 250 Kennington Lane, a new 70,000sq.ft office building in Vauxhall for their client Aldmarch Ltd.

GRID architects proposal will occupy a double-fronted site in Kennington, an area that is increasingly becoming a hub for retail, leisure and retail experiences. Into this shifting context GRID architects have proposed a commercial office building that will reinforce the clients business model of providing a variety of affordable flexible and sustainable workspace for SMEs. Responding creatively to the old and the new character of the local area, the building bridges between the existing low-rise residential buildings and Oval Village opposite, currently under construction, also designed by GRID.

The entrance to the building is marked by the Gatehouse that leads to a landscaped courtyard where the entrance lobby Is located. Each floor plate is expressed with horizontal bands of buff brickwork, influenced by the strong horizontal emphasis prevalent in nearby buildings with decorative brick piers in the glazing zone. Two roof terraces on the 6th and 7th floors will have planting of native species to improve local biodiversity and add to the quality of the amenity provision. The development is designed to be BREEAM ‘Excellent’ with overall regulated CO2 savings on site against a 42% reduction of carbon usage against Part L 2013 with SAP10 carbon factors. High efficiency MHVR and ASHP plant equipment will work in tandem with photovoltaic panels and a high performing building fabric. The use of CLT within the structural slab and walls reduces the embodied energy.

Through creative and iterative design testing, GRID was able to think of clever design solutions to maximise the utilisation of each site and the consent adds to our growing workspace portfolio.