York Place

Battersea, London

York Place is a hybrid development that provides 299 mixed-tenure homes, as well as the new headquarters for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). As part of a wider area regeneration, a complementary suite of buildings and public realm improvements create an attractive destination along a tired yet busy stretch of York Road.

The RAD sits at ground level with three residential buildings rising from a landscaped single-storey podium above. Featuring eight dance studios, 150-person auditorium, public café and student library, the purpose-built spaces are designed to increase the RAD's operational capabilities while accommodating evolving modes of teaching and learning.

At 24-storeys, Coda is the striking centrepiece at the heart of York Place. Delivered in partnership with property developer Avanton, Coda will provide 130 homes for private sale when complete. Two mansion blocks flank Coda, together providing 169 PRS / discounted PRS homes for affordable housing provider, A2 Dominion. Each apartment at York Place is dual aspect and all residents share generous private gardens at podium level.

Tying the whole development together at street level is a new public plaza. Created through a 14-metre setback from York Road, the plaza is a place for students, residents, visitors and passer-bys to use as a communal social space.

As York Place is a high-density housing scheme within Battersea’s predominantly low-rise cityscape, it was important for the buildings to integrate within the existing neighbourhood, rather than dominate it. To minimise visual impact, Coda tapers away from York Road from the fifth floor upwards, while the double-cruciform mansion blocks each dip between eleven-to-eight and six-to-eight storeys, responding to the scale of the immediate neighbourhood.

The staggered building heights and massing allow dual aspects for every apartment, as well as establishing a bold visual language for York Place from all sides. Adopting a north-south orientation in tandem with intelligent spatial arrangement takes advantage of light and eliminates less desirable north-facing, single-aspect apartments. Commercial value is further increased by the offer of varied apartment layouts; an antithesis to the ‘identikit’ nature associated with new-build, high-density housing.

York Road street view

York Road night view

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