The decked areas allow neighbours to gather around raised gardens and the area is completely child friendly with unobscured sight lines from surrounding homes.
The Hendon Waterside Development has been controversial due to its proximity to The Welsh Harp reservoir and concerns over its environmental impact. However Barratt Homes have worked with Allies & Morrison Architects to create a development which will eventually provide over 2,000 much needed homes within this North West London community.
The existing housing stock continues to be demolished and the thirty acres of land will be transformed providing homes, parks and local amenities which will eventually adjoin the rejuvenation schemes of nearby Brent Cross and Cricklewood.
|Architect: Allies & Morrison||Main Contractor: Barratt Homes|
|Product Installer: Tim Wells Nurseries||Lead Time: 3-4 Weeks|
|Construction Period: 2 years||Procurement Route: Design & build|
Retaining the community spirit within the neighbourhood has been a top priority and whilst there will be plenty of outside space, the decked garden areas allow neighbours to flow out into these communal spaces and children to play within a safe environment. The decking forms a robust yet more child friendly surface adjoining the stone paving both of which are elevated on Kinley adjustable pedestal supports creating a trip free abutment between the two materials.
The composite Terrafina Decking offers a completely flat solution for cycling, skateboarding or just sitting on. The venting of the lower level parking area has been ingeniously converted into a raised seating area which may no doubt be considered a ‘stage’ by some of the more extrovert children. The decking boards are crack and splinter free so even those children not up and about can safely crawl or toddle bare footed on the deck and any falls should result in nothing more than a few tears.
The Yacht Deck finish adds a bit more grip to the boards but even without the extra grooves they are still slip resistant even in wet weather. Composite decking has certainly been acknowledged as the material of choice by architects on modern urban developments not only to build dwellings but as in this case, to build communities.
The architects specified the decking and we also used the same support pedestals under the paving. We really appreciated the visit from Richard McMullan of Kinley on site and once he demonstrated the products we found them very easy to install.