London residential scheme complete / by Broadway Malyan

A six-block residential project in west London designed by a team led by Stuart Bertie in Broadway Malyan’s Weybridge studio has been completed.

The School Yard in Wandsworth consists of 139 one, two and three bedroom apartments and was developed by London and Quadrant after Broadway Malyan originally submitted the scheme for planning on behalf of Wandsworth Borough Council and Lambert Smith Hampton.

The development, which is less than half a mile from Clapham Junction, is on the site of a former Victorian school and previously included four school buildings and a playground that was being used as a council car park.

Stuart said the development sat within a long established residential area and the site offered an opportunity to create a simple but elegant residential scheme that responded to the existing urban landscape and context.

He said: “The six buildings have been designed as a family with the architecture offering a consistency across the site with the building heights, positioning and massing respecting the prevailing urban grain.

“Simplicity is key to the design with the repeated urban blocks and courtyards created by their placement providing a sense of clarity and legibility as well as maximising the number of duel aspect apartments.

“The façade is based on a rational grid, which creates an order and rhythm that is reinforced through the position of the windows, inset balconies and doors and this is supported by a minimal palette of London brick, stabilised timber and an elegant glazing system that creates strong clear lines throughout the development.”

“There is also a strong landscape element to the scheme that provides a dynamic landscape that not only gives interesting views from the residential buildings but also create a valuable public realm and amenity for those living in the development.”