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Cromwell Road, Kensington
We were instructed to assess the transport planning and highway engineering implications of a proposed 2,333m2 extension to the existing Kensington Tesco store, a maximum of 293 additional dwellings; a 1,351m2 leisure facility, a 1,730m2 community facility and a 450m2 crèche at 100 West Cromwell Road, Kensington in London to order to support a planning application.
The development was carefully integrated with the existing store and an existing residential development run by the Notting Hill Housing Trust. In order to support the new housing, a series of columns will be introduced within the space currently occupied by a coach park, which will no longer allow for the parking and manoeuvring of coaches. In its place, new basement and mezzanine levels of car parking will be introduced which will allow the removal of the existing car parking at ground floor level which, in turn, will enable the extension of the store and the provision of the community facilities to the west of the public space.
The scheme provides a network of routes that link through the site and into the surrounding streets and spaces both physically and visually, connecting the site to the existing and proposed development located to the north and south. It will transform the piazza outside the Tesco store into a new urban place with a café, ground level community space, tree planting and an acoustic screen to reduce the impact of traffic on the West Cromwell Road. The scheme’s permeability and activity at street level will extend and improve the public realm and contribute to a sense of community within the site.