Key Design Considerations

Set in the heart of Hanwell, the new Boston Road scheme provides a central village square surrounded by shops which encourage independent traders, units for small and medium sized businesses and a café at street level designed to animate the square.

A landscaped shared surface space provides a central feature connecting the new residential buildings, each with their own landscaped terraces at the upper levels and two courtyards for residents.

The buildings step back from Boston Road with pitched roofs punctuating the roofscape tying into the surrounding context. The architectural language is a contemporary response to the surrounding brick Victorian terraces with a variety of protruding and recessed balconies providing private amenity space for residents.

Village Square and Entrance Court

Village Square

  • Animated street at ground floor
  • High quality landscape and public realm
  • Completing the ‘Village Square’
  • Building height steps down to Boston Road
  • Improved pedestrian experience to the west of Boston Road

Entrance court

  • High quality landscape and public realm
  • Landscape buffer to residential
  • Avenue of trees and seating

Courtyards and Gardens

Semi private courtyards

  • Sheltered quiet space for residents
  • Opportunity for allotments
  • Landscape elements to create buffer to residents’ dwellings at ground and first floor
  • Generous planting


  • Shared play space
  • Passive surveillance from surrounding residential buildings
  • Creative and colourful play space/art installation
  • Play space and seating to be incorporated

Sketch Views

Sketch View 1 - Cafe Corner

Cafe Corner in context

Existing view

Sketch View 2 - Village Square

Village Square in context

Existing view

Sketch View 3 - Village Square

Village Square

Sketch View 4 - Shared Surface Street

Village Square

Architectural Precedents

Independent shops

Landscaped courtyards

Contemporary brickwork

Alfresco dining

Generous front doors

Private amenity space

Materials & Details

Village Square

Shop frontage design development

Balcony detail

Residential entrance landscaping

Bricktones & texture

Brick detailing precedent

Public courtyard materiality

Brick detail and window precedent

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