Development of the Year (Over £10m)

Development of the Year (Over £10m)
The Forbury by EPR Architects

In the Spring of 2015, EPR were appointed to design the Forbury, a residential led mixed use development. The scheme replaces an existing BMW garage and showroom with 10 high quality townhouses and 20 apartments over a new concept ‘boutique’ BMW showroom. Consent was granted in October 2016 and handed over for occupation in September 2019. 

Located at the heart of the Blackheath conservation area surrounded by well- preserved Georgian and Regency architecture and immediately adjacent to the listed Old St. Margaret’s churchyard, the site is both prominent and architecturally sensitive. Due to the particularly complex nature of the site’s location; EPR faced the challenge of creating a development that could successfully respond to the context whilst enhancing the neighbouring heritage assets.

Through careful site analysis, the proposals were designed to provide an appropriate architectural frame for the existing landscape and open new visual and spatial connections between them. This included new landscaped green corridors between Old St. Margaret’s churchyard and St Joseph’s Vale and the St. Matthew Academy playing fields beyond.

Despite its abundance of green open space, Blackheath is less than 20 minutes by train to central London, making it an increasingly popular choice for young professionals and families, looking for a village location with easy access into the capital. The scheme also attracts elderly residents who have lived in the affluent area their whole lives and are looking to downsize to a home that’s a lot more manageable but still of high quality.

Judges’ comments

“Well detailed, quality materials, just a shame about some of the site planning and apartment planning with long corridors and a few flats with predominantly north elevations.”

“Simple, classic and in keeping with the environment. Externally good choice of materials, robust and beautiful.”

“Neat, robust and classy.”

“Nicely designed and well executed development.”

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