Knight's Walk KWGREP 3rd October Meeting

Last week we had another productive resident engagement panel meeting for the Knight's Walk Estate. 

At the meeting, the Development Management Team shared some initial concepts for how the new buildings and spaces on Knight's Walk might respond to the Residents' Brief.

Residents and stakeholders have told us that they Knights Walk is a key route through the estate but residents have also told us they would like this space to be softer, greener and more inviting to sit in.

Landscape Architect Des Dally shared this sketch view with residents in response to the following points from Residents' Brief:

  • Maintain KW and Kempsford Road as public routes
  • Maintain quiet walking and cycling routes through the estate
  • Central walkway to feel peaceful and not overlooked
  • Provide open, green public spaces and planting that are lovely to look at even if not used
  • A piece of private space outside front doors so that they don't open straight onto public space
  • Using well defined planting to mark entrances

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Residents responded well to this but wanted to know:

  • How will planting be maintained?
  • Can the design ensure that cyclists aren't encouraged to cycle quickly through the estate? Motorcycles should also be prevented from using Knight's Walk as a cut through.
  • Is the space available really wide enough to create this type of space?  

The intention is that the width of Knight's Walk is increased by stepping back the building as show in the sketch below:

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This creates pockets of private space outside of people's front doors similar to the homes we saw on our study trip to Trafalgar Place. 

In previous discussions about the first phase building, the 'North Block', residents have expressed concern that this building might not feel part of Knight's Walk. There was also concern that these new homes would not have very good views. 

Nick from Mae Architects shared a sketch showing the intention that these homes are turned around so that the access is from Renfrew Road and the living spaces have views out across the park beside Cotton Gardens Estate.

This image responded to the following points from the Residents' Brief:
  • Provide open, green public spaces and planting that are lovely to look at even if not used
  • Keep some of the older trees and integrate into the new landscape
  • A piece of private space outside front doors so that they don't open straight onto public space

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Residents liked the idea of the building linking more with the estate but wanted to know:

  • Will these new homes now look into the gardens of the retained bungalows?

The space leading up to The North Block will be accessible the vehicles for deliveries, refuse and some parking provision but the intention is that it is pedestrian focused and the sketch below starts thinking about how this might be achieved.

This was in response to a priority in the Residents' Brief:

  • Avoid parking becoming a large visual feature of the open space (but retain existing parking provision) 

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We would like to know what people think about these design concepts for Knight's Walk. If you have any comments or feedback please get in touch:

Email: [email protected]

Call: 0203 735 7629

Freephone: 0800 072 0265 

Coming up

All residents of Knights Walk are invited to the next KWGREP on the 7th November, RSVP here.

Residents, Neighbours and Stakeholders are also invited to the Public Exhibition on the 15th November, RSVP here.

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