Street view of Bath Road Co-living building

Bath Road co-living scheme allowed by Planning Inspectorate

Bath Road is a landmark co-living scheme playing a vital role in Hounslow’s regeneration, and demonstrating the success of this modern, vibrant, model of housing.

This article is by Simon Bird

Simon is a director of the practice, taking a leading role on strategic, interior and architectural projects.

A new, 15-storey co-living development on Bath Road in Hounslow town centre has been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate, following a four day public inquiry.  It will provide much needed quality housing for young flatsharers – setting a new standard for modern living with a pioneering co-living approach designed to bring people together as a community.

The scheme is being developed in partnership with Galliard Homes and Princeton, and designed by LOM architecture and design, with planning supported by Barton Willmore and Montagu Evans.

“This is an opportunity to rethink ways of living by innovating and offering alternatives beyond conventional residential models. This approach, in these kind of locations, is all about creating communities and bring vibrancy to our High Streets at a time when we need to be rethinking what they can be. Bath Road provides high quality housing that creates a new and exciting place to live for young renters where social interaction is key. This building brings people together in vibrant shared spaces while delivering activity and vibrancy to Hounslow Town Centre.”

Simon Bird, Director at LOM

Bath Road will consist of professionally managed accommodation, providing quality private studio spaces for residents with a bedroom, living space, kitchenette and ensuite bathroom.  Residents will have access to a wide variety of shared spaces such as working areas, a library, lounges, communal kitchens, a gym, laundrette, games room and roof terraces.  The co-living model allows tenants to benefit from a bigger and better range of spaces and amenities than those offered by traditional housing.

The design of the building itself celebrates the modular nature of co-living – of the individual within the collective – with a gridded façade that wraps around the building, providing the base to express individuality and dynamic change over time, with active frontages and façade elements reflecting the activities within.  It will be a distinctive and dynamic landmark for Hounslow – complementing Hounslow’s new civic centre, Hounslow House, with an improved ‘door step’ public realm offer, developing the area’s identity and activity, and enhancing local connectivity.  Benefiting from this site’s central location and public transport accessibility, the design proposals embraced the opportunity to rethink the nature of a West London urban hub – supporting Hounslow’s ongoing revitalisation.

“Bath Road is an exceptional architectural proposal providing both high quality co-living accommodation and a positive and fresh contribution to Hounslow Town Centre. Credit is due to the efforts of the whole team – who have remained focused and committed throughout all aspects of the project. This is a well-deserved outcome of which we can all be very proud.”

Phil Clark, Chief Planner at Galliard Homes

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