Independent design experts have given Barratt London’s prestigious development at Landmark Place in Lower Thames Street, EC3R an Outstanding rating in the Built for Life accreditation scheme, the only development within the City of London listed by Built for Life. Landmark Place, which is less than 50 metres from the Tower of London, scored a maximum 12 out of 12 by being rated highly for each of the scheme’s design criteria.
Built for Life is an independent design accreditation scheme developed by the Design Council and Chartered Association of Building Engineers, the Home Builders Federation, the Civic Trust and Design for Homes, to measure what really makes a new development a good place to live. Each submitted development is measured against 12 categories of design, ranging from public transport connections to integration with the surrounding architecture, with only 25% of developments achieving the Built for Life stamp of approval.
The design of Landmark Place, which includes 165 homes, was praised by the Built for Life assessors for enhancing the setting of nearby historic buildings, as well as providing a good mix of housing types, ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments and duplex penthouses. The landscaped courtyard was noted for being a light and attractive space, and planted areas were judged to be “well managed and maintained.”
The scheme was also highly rated by the assessors for its access to good public transport, including Underground and DLR services from nearby Tower Hill and Tower Gateway stations, as well as Bank and Monument stations, which are also within walking distance. It achieved the highest marks possible in that category, with the judges’ report noting: “It has very good access to public transport including a river boat stop located directly outside the development as well as excellent cycle and walking connections.” In addition, despite being in the very heart of the City of London, the report assessed that Landmark Place offers ample car and cycle parking, situated at basement level below the building.
Pam Reardon, sales & marketing director at Barratt East London, is delighted that Landmark Place has been rated as Outstanding.
Reardon said, “It is always going to be a challenge to meet the strict Built for Life criteria when you are creating new homes in the heart of the City of London rather than in a leafy suburb; but Barratt London has led the way in showing how to achieve outstanding quality through good design, even in an area as historic as this.”