: Transport for London, Avison Young, L&QBlackhorse View in Walthamstow is a 1.82-acre mixed use development of 350 new homes and 18,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace. Built on an underused station car park, the project is a joint venture between Barratt London and housing association L&Q, joining forces as BLLQ LLP, and Transport for London.
This highly successful partnership released brownfield land for regeneration, providing homes and jobs for local people and improving the public realm. A wide variety of housing types, ranging from studio flats to three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, ensures a well-rounded community, with half of the homes available for rent or shared ownership. A new 21-storey tower, Alderney Point, stands at the gateway to the Borough, forming an impressive local landmark with its elegant, gridded façade, and taller, five-storey ‘crown’ element at the top. The other blocks feature varied architectural detailing and have extensive landscaping and podium gardens to create a tranquil environment while maintaining the medium-to-high density that was an important part of the brief. All the homes have private outdoor space, many with views over the Walthamstow Wetlands, and a large number are dual aspect or south-facing. Sustainability has been well-considered, with homes benefiting from rooftop solar panels and an energy network to keep the carbon footprint down. The car-free development, replacing the pollution-causing car park, improves air quality in the area, helped by the extensive tree and hedge planting. New cycle paths and footpaths, improvements to local public transport and generous bike storage all encourage residents to travel sustainably.