Our design for this residential-led mixed-use development transformed the former Orpington Police Station and brownfield site into a much-needed urban hub. The scheme forms part of the continued regeneration of Orpington town centre and offers a development that is conveniently located and highly sustainable.
Brunswick Square provides 83 new homes together with a health and wellbeing centre and retail space, secure basement parking and cycle storage. Taking inspiration from the diversity of a typical high street, the scheme comprises a series of narrow plots with varying heights and an assorted palette of local bricks. A carefully considered composition of setbacks prevents the building from dominating its neighbours whilst creating generous space for private terraces.
Although a consistent design unites the residences, each apartment has been clearly articulated on the building’s façade and boasts its own identity analogous to the local high street. A limited and complementary palette of materials, consistent in detailing and proportion yet varied in tone, define the varied units.
The development’s unique form sets it apart from its neighbours and gives the impression of a collection of individual units. Our concept was driven by extensive consultation with key stakeholders including Council Officers and the general public who favoured the diversity of the scheme. The project sets a benchmark for local developments through its engagement with the town centre, offering active street frontages on key pedestrian routes adjacent to the site.
In contrast to the surrounding rendered buildings, we opted for a careful selection of local bricks – a durable choice that will ensure the building weathers admirably and maintains its integrity over time. Metal detailing to the balcony balustrades and high-pressure laminated panels complete the elegant façade.
Client: Berkeley Homes (Eastern Counties) | Services: Architecture | Size: 83 apartments; 2,099m² health and wellbeing centre; 181m² retail space