Westminster approves bat block

The protected bat species of Regent’s Park are set to benefit from a new 7-story mixed-use development given the green light last week by the City of Westminster. Dexter Moren Associates has been awarded planning consent on behalf of CP Holdings to redevelop the prominent site located at 151 Park Road, St.John’s Wood, providing 14 luxury apartments and ground floor showroom.

A key consideration of the design has been to address the sites ecological context, given its close proximity to two significant conservation areas, Regent’s Park and St. John’s Wood Church Grounds – home of the Pipistrelle and Horseshoe Bat, along with other significant birdlife.

“Our team has consulted with a number of specialists to ensure that the development will enhance the biodiversity of the area by creating habitats for a number of protected species in the nearby nature conservation sites,” Mark Wood, Associate of DMA, said.

A series of bat tubes and bird boxes will be built into the make-up of the wall limiting their visual impact and providing a sheltered habitat. The grass roofs added to the site will maintain and promote the biodiversity of the many fauna species akin to the local area. The design has also been developed to ensure continuity between the apartments and showroom.

“The composition of the main elevation utilises three strong vertical elements which unify the different building functions.” Mark said. “High quality materials such as Limestone and Brass Cladding will be arranged in different planes from one another to create a high degree of layering. This will also give the building an inherent feel of robustness”.

Wintergardens are also set to feature within the framed composition and will create benefits in terms of energy consumption and add an aspect of movement and seasonal change to the facade.