The London Borough of Hillingdon’s motto is “Putting our residents first,” and a recent planning decision which will allow tenants of an apartment block to enjoy rooftop gardening and a new terrace is being praised for doing exactly that.
The borough have recently granted planning permission for a stunning new roof terrace that will top the Gatefold Building in Hayes.
While the existing terrace (above) features a patio with planters, the new roof terrace area will include a host of community-friendly features, including three ‘pod’ seating areas and two pergolas. In addition, trellising, seating, decking, planting and associated furniture and new gardening pods will delight all those with green fingers.
The move will bring a host of new features to residents of the Gatefold Building, enriching their experience of urban living in Hayes. Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes, explains:
“Creating a strong sense of community is integral to the vision behind Build to Rent accommodation. It is part of what sets its aside from other rental developments. Since launching the Gatefold Building, we’ve worked to create a welcoming, friendly local community. Now, it’s time to step that up to the next level, providing residents with additional social and recreational spaces that have been designed in accordance with their feedback.”
The fifth floor roof terrace’s focus on gardening is in response to resident demand. It has been designed to offer a unique recreational space that residents can use flexibly, depending on what they want from it. From a quick drink after work to growing blooms worthy of the Chelsea Flower Show, the space will satisfy the needs of Hayes’ renters in a way that no development has done before. Hayley continues:
“Following a focus group with our residents in Hayes, and based on their feedback we have plans in place to install gardening pods on the new roof terrace as part of the development plans. The gardening pods will be available for Gatefold Building residents only and enable those with green fingers to grow their own plants in a dedicated, safe and secure environment.”
The Gatefold Building already has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what renters in Hayes can expect from their homes. The 119 one, two and three bedroom apartments provide a pet-friendly community living experience that comes complete with hotel-inspired services such as a concierge, on-site maintenance team and free super-fast broadband.
With planning permission granted, the be:here Hayes team can progress with developing the new roof terrace for residents’ enjoyment. The stylish design has been carefully crafted to balance a sense of space and serenity with a welcoming community vibe. The same balance is evident throughout the development, which provides a sense of calm and space for residents, while also providing them with access to the vibrant Old Vinyl Factory development, which will include restaurants, leisure facilities and a music venue in honour of the site’s previous incarnation as an EMI factory.
Residents of the Gatefold Building already enjoy a superior accommodation experience. Now, with work on the terrific roof terrace due to commence shortly, they can look forward to soon being part of Hayes’ most exciting residential outdoor space as well.