Project showcase: Wembley Park
Wembley Park is one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration schemes. Situated in the cosmopolitan North West London borough of Brent, it encompasses the iconic Wembley Stadium and SSE Arena at its heart. The exciting development offers a vibrant hub where people want to live, companies want to grow, and neighbourhoods come alive.
The breath-taking £3bn renewal project is led by development firm Quintain, which purchased the plot in 2002 and then achieved outline planning consent for 8.8 million square feet of mixed-use development. Following a successful key supplier agreement, Reynaers has been named as a preferred supplier for window systems across the Wembley Park site. Reynaers will assist on the development of further projects following the triumph of completed Emerald Gardens in 2016 and Alto in 2017.
Wembley Park will provide a total of 7,500 homes in addition to the thriving London Designer Outlet, advanced office and retail facilities, hotels and community spaces bustling with activity.
Mary Kelly-Mannion, Head of Procurement with Quintain comments: “We look to engage with first class suppliers who can offer high quality products which complement the development at Wembley Park. In our selection of Reynaers as a Key Supplier we recognise their strong history in the field of research and development. This history, together with the range and quality of their products, means that they are an ideal contributor from the early design stages right through to provision of the window and door systems on our projects.”
A short 12-minute journey into Central London and just 28 minutes to Canary Wharf, the development is perfect for those wishing to reduce their commute, young professionals looking for a vibrant place to live, or families who wish to be surrounded by green spaces and a wide range of facilities.
Since construction began in 2006, Quintain’s approach was to create a desirable district filled with amenities before populating the area, creating a welcoming sense of community first and foremost. London Designer Outlet has been ranked amongst the top 10 outlets in Europe with annual footfall at 7.0 million. Visitors to Wembley Park can also enjoy a nine-screen cinema, over 70 shops, restaurants, coffee spots and a children’s all-weather play park.
Simon Cray, Consultant Project Manager at Reynaers, has been on board with the Wembley Park project since the initial stages. He says: ‘‘Seeing the project progress from pen to paper to the vibrant community that is there today is incredibly rewarding. We have seen this fantastic development grow before our eyes, almost in unison with the fabrication of the buildings, and I think that is what makes this project so special.’’
The aesthetic of the Wembley Park project has been designed to enhance the skyline and allow residents to view the sweeping boulevards that lend an openness to the development. Reynaers has utilised systems that create a maximum presence of space and natural light, resulting in seamless integration between the indoor and outdoor environments. Throughout the project, making a feature of the iconic Wembley Stadium, as well as facilitating unrivalled views of across the site has been a priority when considering the glazing systems.
Cray continues: ‘‘We wanted to create buildings which look just as striking from the outside as they do inside. Working closely with architects has ensured that each building is unique, diverse and innovative in appearance and in functionality. The systems used create a sense of rhythm across the façade of the buildings, in keeping with the community feel, as well as building identity across individual plots.’’
Quintain has utilised the world class development at Wembley Park as an opportunity to revolutionise its business structure, focusing on BtR (Build to Rent) by creating Tipi, a wholly owned residential rental management business. Of the 7,500 homes built, the majority are will be exclusively Build to Rent, managed by Tipi. In London’s economic climate, many find the prospects of purchasing a property in the cosmopolitan capital unobtainable, whilst renting can often result in many additional complications such as absent landlords and hefty upfront payments.
Tipi is designed to create a renting community, offering no fees, no deposits, all-inclusive utilies and fully furnished state-of-the-art apartments. Residents can expect stunning social spaces, superfast ultra-fibre broadband, John Lewis furniture and Samsung kitchen appliances. 24-hour concierge teams are on hand, alongside a broader team of dedicated customer service staff.
Reynaers has successfully completed the supply of aluminium windows and doors for the Alto development, which offers 120 apartments available to rent through Tipi. Completed to the highest spec, external features include private garden terraces fitted with privacy screens and communal spaces including an elevated private landscaped garden.
Cray explains: ‘‘Tipi is showcasing the future of living in large cities. It is not only offering brand-new living space close to the bustle of the Capital, it has created a hub where occupants don’t just rent an apartment, but rather they can benefit from an entire lifestyle. Reynaers is proud to be a part of this world-class development by supplying residents with our rigorously tested systems and we can offer them the upmost comfort and security in their luxurious new homes for years to come.’’
The Emerald Gardens development is inspired by London’s flourishing garden squares. The plot surrounds almost an acre of private grounds, accommodating 475 apartments spread across a number of buildings.
Cray continues: ‘‘From a Project Manager point of view, correctly overseeing the logistics for these projects to ensure each step runs smoothly is the key. The development of the project relies on exact timings and therefore any delays can have huge implications. We have been working closely with our HQs in Duffel and Birmingham to ensure seamless logistics run throughout. A key area of focus from the technical team has been developing acoustic solutions to ensure minimal disruption from the stadium during large events.’’
As Wembley Park continues to evolve, we are set to see the community flourish. Upcoming development plans include the opening of London’s biggest Boxpark in December 2018, which will be host to street food traders offering cuisines from across the globe. Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, a 2,000 capacity immersive theatre, is also set to open in Wembley Park in 2019.
For more information on the Reynaers products used in the completed projects, see below:
Concept System 77 aluminium window: https://www.reynaers.co.uk/en-UK/products/cs-77
Concept System 77 aluminium door: https://www.reynaers.co.uk/en-UK/products/cs-77-0
Concept Patio 155: https://www.reynaers.com/en-UK/products/cp-155-ls
Concept Wall 50: https://www.reynaers.com/en-UK/products/cw-50