We continue to refine our designs for St John’s Wood Square as we prepare to commence the development later this year by demolishing the existing buildings and readying the site for construction. Following amendments made to the scheme in 2021, we have made two further minor amendments to the development which were approved by Westminster City Council in June 2022 and will help to reduce our overall construction programme:
• A reduction in the overall size of the basement
• Conversion of three villas to provide six apartments
Details can be found on the ‘Proposed Planning Amendments’ page and more information about planned site works and timescales will be available soon.
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The COVID-19 emergency has had an impact on our development, as it has with many other sites in Westminster and elsewhere. We have taken the opportunity to review our consented scheme and propose two amendments which are being prepared for submission to the City Council. As of May 2021, a non-material amendment is being submitted to Westminster City Council. The proposed amendments include:
- A reduction in the overall size of the proposed basement by c30%
- The phased construction of residences which had previously been consented as a single phase
There are no significant changes proposed to the above ground design. Minor amendments to the roof plant will allow the scheme to be phased and for some lightwells to become terrace spaces. You can read up on these changes in greater detail on the ‘Planning Application’ page of the website, and download our latest consultation pack on the ‘Consultation Material page’.
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The St John’s Wood Square Project Construction Liaison Group (CLG) met on 21 February. The primary purpose of the meeting was to brief the CLG on the emerging draft Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP), which was is required to be produced and consulted upon as part of Westminster City Council’s Code of Construction Practice.
The meeting provided an opportunity to re-state the St John’s Wood Square Project’s commitment to being a considerate developer and to reiterate a series of commitments given at the previous CLG meetings. A particular focus for discussion was a pledge to contain noisy works within core working hours and a commitment to ‘Silent Saturdays’.
The St John’s Wood Square project team explained the appointment of a main contractor would play a significant role in shaping the draft SEMP. It was suggested by the CLG that St John’s Wood Square would benefit from adopting best practice from previous development schemes where disruption to the local community had been minimised.
On the 24th and 26th November, Craigewan held a public exhibition on their updated design proposals for St John’s Wood Square Project. The purpose was to share and consult on design amendments which will be submitted to Westminster City Council as part of a S.73 planning application at the end of the year. The exhibition panels laid out the design changes that would further refine and enhance the scheme in line with the vision to create a high quality, family-orientated development, which is in keeping with the St John’s Wood area.
Details of the proposed changes for each of the site’s main zones were explained, along with panels on the site’s history and landscaping, access and parking, sustainability, construction programme and traffic route proposals. The full exhibition panels can be viewed here.
Westminster City Council will also be consulting with residents, businesses and the local community once the application has been submitted and validated.
St John’s Wood Square Construction Liaison Group – Meeting Note, 22 November 2016
The St John’s Wood Square Project Construction Liaison Group (CLG) convened for a meeting on 22 November to discuss the latest designs for the scheme and updates to the construction programme. The meeting began with a summary of the principle design changes to the scheme and the rationale behind them. The CLG were made aware that the changes would be displayed at two public exhibitions taking place on 24th and 26th of November. This meeting focused on the location, size and number of residential units and proposed changes to the external treatment of a number of the residential blocks.
This was followed by a summary overview of works which had been undertaken on the site since the last CLG meeting. These included the conclusion of the archaeological digs by MOLA, the removal of the render from the exterior of the Riding School, the sewer surveys, party wall agreements and other investigative works on site.
As a result of the latest investigative works into the soil composition, the construction approach and timeline is being revised. The basement dig time is being extended due to the need to utilise a different methodology, resulting in an overall demolition and construction period of five and a half years. Craigewan made a commitment to making the protection of neighbourhood assets a key priority.
The group was provided with an update on construction traffic routes with an overview of all proposals that were considered before the preferred option was selected. Craigewan pledged to work closely with residents on any concerns raised. This was one of several construction commitments outlined by Craigewan which would be adopted during the construction phase. It was stated that the proposed Site Environment Management Plan (SEMP) would be drafted to meet the requirements of Westminster City Council’s new Code of Construction Practise and the developer would be signing up to the Considerate Contractors’ Scheme.