The masterplan for the proposed regeneration of a considerable chunk of South Kilburn included the replacement of an existing roundabout with two residential blocks, housing approximately 100 new units in total.
Fluid commissioned early utilities surveys and made direct contact with Thames Water at the commencement of the project to determine the extent of below-ground services underlying the existing roundabout. These were found to be extensive, and in particular, a deep storm relief sewer was identified running directly across the site.
The subsequent determination of the layout and shape of the residential blocks was directly driven by the desire to avoid building directly over the sewer. With Fluid acting as a go-between between Thames Water and the design team, the blocks were arranged to create an ‘easement’ over the sewer in accordance with Thames Water’s requirements.