Kingsgate House, Kensington & Chelsea
Sited in fashionable Chelsea and bordered by a conservation area, this seven-storey development offers affordable and spacious apartments.
Kingsgate House provides 43 homes – 12 one bedroom, shared ownership flats and 31 rented flats, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. There are four wheelchair-accessible homes on the ground floor and the development has excellent transport links through local bus routes and two nearby underground stations.
The building features a range of environmentally-friendly design features and meets level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. It is the first major construction project in the world to achieve PEFC Project Certification – demonstrating that all the timber used was both sustainable and ethically source.
It has eye-catching green photovoltaic (PV) cells, which run vertically down the front of the building and are designed to look like a living wall. The PV cells generate free electricity and help shade the apartments from the sun. Each apartment has its own recessed balcony which stays cool during the day.
Instead of the usual heavy concrete or steel, the structure of the building was built using much lighter cross-laminated timber (CLT). As well as saving at least 170 lorry journeys to deliver the beams to the site, the use of timber also provided a number of environmental benefits (including energy and time savings during construction). The development was also the first major building project in the world to be PEFC certified – demonstrating that all the timber used was both sustainable and ethically sourced.
Kingsgate House replaced a red-brick office block which had been the home of Penguin Books. It was developed as part of affordable housing provision within a Section 106 agreement for a separate, private development.
Kingsgate House was awarded best affordable housing scheme at the 2014 24-Housing awards.