Planning Awards: Oval Village

Published 30th August 2022

Oval Village, a major regeneration in London, won the award for Best Mixed-Use Development at the Planning Awards 2021. Berkeley Homes’ scheme will transform the local area, taking a derelict site into a lively community where people can live, work, shop and play. The regeneration of The Oval Gas Works and Kennington Lane will create a community of over 1,300 one, two and three-bedroom homes with over a thousand job opportunities and apprenticeships.

Oval is a vibrant part of the city that offers plenty of green spaces which will provide Londoners with an essence of calm in the heart of London. The +170% net biodiversity gain aims to re-green the harsh landscape and provide a more environmentally friendly way of life with thousands of cycle spaces and car free streets.

The development will include Oval Works, a six-storey flexible office space, comprising a ground-floor co-working hub, 100,000 sq ft of commercial space, a café and a community centre. The development will further benefit from residents-only leisure facilities and retail space, including a Tesco superstore.

Working closely with Berkeley Group and GRID Architects in the pre-planning stages, and Formation Architects and Rolfe Judd Architects during the delivery stages, Waterman’s team provided multidisciplinary support for the scheme, including civil and structural engineering, building services and vertical transport designs, contamination and remediation consultancy.

Our building services experts have designed the site-wide district heating network which will be served by a central energy centre as part of the low energy strategy for the site in conjunction with PV cells on the roof. High efficiency heat recovery on ventilation systems will lower energy use further.

The structural design includes attenuation tanks integrated into the foundation design to control rainwater discharge rates to the local sewer network. Irrigation to the landscape areas will be via recycled rainwater to reduce water use.
Our infrastructure and environment team prepared a desk-based ground contamination report, outline remediation strategy, air quality and dust management plan, environmental management & monitoring plan to support the planning application.