Even first-time buyers can now afford own a home created by one of the giants of British design — Terence Conran. The first shared-ownership homes at the £136 million Green Man Lane Estate regeneration scheme in West Ealing, masterplanned and designed by Sir Terence’s architecture practice Conran and Partners, go on sale later this month.
From £100,000: for 40 per cent of a one-bedroom flat at Novus, West Ealing. Visit
The finished scheme will involve the demolition of the existing crumbling Seventies council estate and a rebuild to provide more than 700 new homes with a mixture of tenure types, along with community facilities including a gym, cafés, three landscaped piazzas and a public park on a five-hectare site.
The first homes at Novus will be ready to move into shortly and the entire project will be completed by 2020. As later phases are developed more shared-ownership homes will come on stream.
Lee Davies, a director at Conran and Partners and the architect of the Green Man Lane Estate project, says the key to the design of the apartments has been to take advantage of the south-facing front façade of the building with generous-size balconies and large windows. “We wanted to get natural light flooding the living space,” he explains.
While the living rooms take advantage of daylight, the bedrooms overlook the development’s private courtyards to ensure peace and quiet, and the size of the homes is generous, with plenty of storage space built in.
This means that the one-bedroom flats at Novus range from 533sq ft to 539sq ft, two-bedroom apartments are from 696 to 1,010sq ft, and three-bedroom homes are 941 to 1,087sq ft.
The old estate was plagued by antisocial behaviour and drug dealing. Davies has tried to open up the area by removing its complex pattern of raised walkways and dark passages, with open streets to create safe routes through. “Hopefully people will feel inclined to walk through the area and it will not feel like an estate any more,” he said. “It will feel more like part of the neighbourhood.”
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