Wimbledon Chase | Green light for housing scheme above Art Deco station entrance

The London Borough of Merton resolved to grant planning permission last night for 74 homes (20% affordable) above a new entrance to Wimbledon Chase Train Station. CZWG’s proposals for Wimbledon Chase, which include retail space and communal facilities for residents, will replace the existing tired and unwelcoming railway building and provide new London homes with excellent accessibility to public transport.

Wimbledon Chase Train Station is currently characterised by obstacles to pedestrian routes into the station. The site is poorly signposted, set back from Kingston Road, invisible from the west due to the railway embankment and bridge and hidden behind car parking when approached from the east. CZWG’s proposals for the new entrance will provide the station with greater visibility and prominence, while enabling the provision of step-free access to the platform in the future.

The proposed building gradually steps up from 3 to 9 storeys acting as an attractive marker on the long, arterial Kingston Road corridor, taking design inspiration from the early 20th century 'art deco' architecture of the existing station and the other nearby buildings. The proposals also reference the strong history of ‘art deco’ architecture associated with transport buildings as well as residential architecture in south-west London.

The ‘head’ of the building fronting Kingston Road is to be clad in vertically-laid brick slips with horizontal bands of projecting brick ribs accentuating the smooth rounded corners. Pale cream and green colours echo the livery colours of the Wimbledon and Sutton Railway which originally served the station. The canopy signage is inspired by the ‘Southern Railways’ lettering on the original station entrance building and gives additional prominence to the new entrance.

Adam West, CZWG Director said: “The development is a good example of the kind of solution essential to help solve the housing shortage in London. New homes will be built in a highly sustainable location, at the same time significantly enhancing the accessibility to public transport. The higher density here only adds to the mix of accommodation typologies to be found in this part of London. It’s a win-win situation!”

For more information on this project please contact Adam West.