Landscaping key feature of village regeneration

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2011, 12:00am

Apartments and family homes alongside England's most historic sporting village, good access to the heart of London and one of Europe's largest regeneration projects are being offered to Hong Kong buyers.

Blackheath Quarter, the second phase of the Kidbrooke Village redevelopment, in southeast London, is just over half-a-kilometre from Blackheath Village, home to the oldest rugby club in England and one of the first golf associations formed outside Scotland. The Royal Blackheath Golf Club, based in nearby Eltham, dates back to 1766.

Blackheath Quarter offers three- to four-storey family homes and apartments with a choice of one, two or three bedrooms overlooking the first section of the new Cator Park to the east.

Landscaping is a key feature of Blackheath Quarter, with broad, tree-lined avenues marking the routes through the residential areas and connections to the community facilities, differentiating the private from the public realm.

'Green fingers' reach from the main park between the buildings to offer views from raised points from the apartments across the park and ponds. In addition, the apartment buildings have their own landscaped courtyards.

One of the Kidbrooke Village schools will also be in the neighbourhood with the moving of the well-regarded Wingfield Primary School to a new building within Blackheath Quarter.

The borough of Greenwich lies to the north and Lewisham to the west, with the historic Cator Estate to the east of Blackheath. Berkeley Homes' Kidbrooke Village development is designed to be at the heart of a vibrant community and part of a ? billion (HK$12.55 billion) regeneration project featuring parks, sports facilities, shops, bars, restaurants, schools, health care and community facilities.

'It is an exciting, challenging regeneration project, one of the largest in Europe, and will transform the lives of all who are connected with it,' says a spokesman for Berkeley Homes. 'Kidbrooke Village will evolve over many years, and Cator Park will grow along with it, being developed in phases so that residents will always be able to enjoy it and use the pedestrian links it provides.'

A hotel and new transport interchange will offer rail connections to the City of London and West End, including London Bridge.

Cator Park is a major feature of the Kidbrooke Village master plan, forming a 'green river' through the development, linking it to existing parks in the area, such as Sutcliffe Park. It is a vital breathing space in a city village, one designed to be enjoyed by all. The project is being delivered in partnership with Greenwich Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Southern Housing Group.

'Parkland and open spaces make up 55 hectares of the total village area, giving residents a wealth of choice in their outdoor activities. Sports pitches and tennis courts provide the opportunity for organised sports, but that still leaves plenty of room for enjoying just being outdoors in a more informal way,' the spokesman says.

'Wildlife and biodiversity is encouraged to flourish in various habitats, while contouring, planting and ponds offer variety to the eye. The 'green fingers' are an important feature of Cator Park, drawing parkland into residential and amenity areas, and creating pedestrian routes between them. One is a direct path to the transport interchange.'

There are also opportunities for commercial investors at Kidbrooke Village's Capital Plaza where Berkeley is offering high quality space to serve the new homes in the area. A total of 220,000 sqft of space will be available on a leasehold or virtual freehold basis, with occupation from 2013 for a variety of commercial uses.

The units, next to the new Cator Park and transport hub, are suitable for many commercial uses including supermarket (with service yard space), convenience store, hotel, restaurant, bar, cafe, gastro pub, creche, nursery, gym, general retail and health care facilities, with ample parking.