Skillcrown Ltd and The Hyde Group (Hyde), advised by Pellings LLP, the multi-disciplinary architectural, property and construction practice, have redeveloped a two-storey public car park within Bexleyheath town centre, South East London, into a £10 million scheme with a 109-bedroom Premier Inn hotel, 43 flats for Shared Ownership sale, a Brewers Fayre, and 880 sq metres of commercial space.
The original site was considered to be under-utilised and unattractive, detracting from the appearance of the town centre. It also caused bus movement problems due to the narrowness of the adjacent roads and the position of on-street disabled parking bays.
Pellings acted as the architects, planning consultants, cost advisers and employers agent for Hyde on the project. Extensive consultation took place with local residents and political stakeholders, including ward councillors, to establish their views and to inform the final design of the scheme.
The key to redesigning the town centre scheme was relocating the public car park to below ground, releasing the majority of the floor area to create the hotel, apartments and commercial space for new shops, restaurants and leisure. This enabled the widening of adjacent roads to improve bus movements, traffic and pedestrian flows, and to provide disabled parking.
The taller elements of the plan – comprising 17 one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom flats – are positioned towards the town centre and away from the houses across the dual carriageway. The roof of the three commercial units is used as a landscaped south-facing external amenity terrace for the residential units above.
The development comprises six floors above ground with a basement level car park and is built with a concrete frame, concrete floors and roof decks. The facades comprise a mix of fair-faced brickwork and render with aluminium windows and, internally, use is made of metal-stud partitions.
The hotel and commercial areas have achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good, the apartments have achieved Code of Sustainable Homes Level 4 and roof level Photo Voltaic panels generate on-site renewable energy.