This exciting development in the heart of Chiswick provides an education and visitor centre for The London Wildlife Trust together with 9No apartments. The visitor centre will serve Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, a beautiful green oasis, enjoyed by large numbers of visitors and school groups.
The site is owned by London Borough of Hounslow and managed by London Wildlife Trust, with the reserve being cared for by a small onsite Trust staff team and a dedicated group of volunteers.
The development is largely built on the grounds of a former scrap yard next to the nature reserve, and replaces dilapidated cabins. The scheme is being constructed as part of a joint venture between EcoWorld London and London Borough of Hounslow’s development vehicle, Lampton 360.
BM3 has been involved from the concept stage, delivering several feasibility options at the outset to assist the client in determining the viability of the scheme. Once an outline scheme was agreed, the designs were presented to The London Borough of Ealing as part of a pre planning application which helped to define the overall requirements for the full planning submission, including the relationship of the new development with the adjacent Grade II listed Chiswick Park Station, designed by Charles Holden in 1930.
BM3 worked alongside several stakeholders and local residents as part of an extensive programme of engagement events. This process was an extremely valuable one, which helped inform the final designs.
The scheme successfully gained a planning consent in January 2019, with works expected to commence on site later in the year.