Client: Hub Residential, M&G Real Estate
Status: Completed May 2017

The first residents have moved into their homes at the new private rented sector (PRS) development, Rehearsal Rooms. The development is in the Royal Oak Opportunity Area and forms part of an emerging vibrant neighbourhood around the North Acton underground station.

Working with joint development partners Hub and M&G Real Estate, Newground Architects designed a scheme of 173 one, two and three bedroom flats to suit the specific needs of long-term renters.

The initial planning consent in 2014 granted a 17-storey tower to the west and an 11-storey tower to the east. Connected by a 4-storey link block, the scheme provided 152 flats. Following planning consent in June last year for three additional levels on the east tower, there will be 21 more flats. The additional levels are designed as a seamless extension with external materials and details to match lower levels through using lightweight structure in contrast to the concrete frame below.

On-site facilities for residents include a local supermarket, retail, lettings office, concierge services and an informal resident meeting space at ground floor. There is also a function room with direct access to a roof terrace and a rooftop allotment garden for growing food.

A ground level part-covered courtyard provides for a limited number of disabled car spaces, car club parking and a safe delivery bay for removals.

The PRS use has shaped the layout with open-plan flats, spacious bedrooms of equal size, each with en-suite bathrooms, large private balconies and terraces to all flats.

The simple and rational design concept is clearly expressed in the use of a small range of materials and well-considered details which aim to create a building of distinction and timeless quality.

Click here to read the Architects’ Journal cover story and building study on Rehearsal Rooms.