Church Street

The Church Street regeneration aims to improve the quality of life of the people who live and work in the area, and respond to Westminster City Council's climate emergency declaration. 

An architect's render of the exterior of a block of new flats, showing a brick arched colonnade

Key information


Bell Phillips


Westminster City Council



Year of Completion




Church Street is a large residential regeneration scheme in Westminster, comprising approximately 1,200 homes over three adjacent sites. The scheme is centred around the Church Street market area, and also includes a community library and retail spaces.

We are providing MEP, acoustic, sustainability and net zero carbon services for the project, helping to secure detailed planning consent for Site A for 428 dwellings, and outline planning consent for the remaining two sites.

In response to Westminster City Council’s declaration of a climate emergency, the project brief is to be net zero carbon in operation and an exemplar of sustainability. Net zero carbon is being achieved through a fabric first approach, combining an efficient form factor, with triple glazed windows and thermally efficient wall construction.

An aerial render of a proposed housing development

© Bell Phillips/ Blackpoint Design

Innovative solutions

Due to the acoustic constraints of the site, because of its proximity to the busy Edgware Road, cooling is required to a number of dwellings. To ensure this is delivered in as efficient and cost effective way as possible, an innovative ambient loop heating and cooling system is proposed.

This allows for heat recovery between cooling and hot water during the summer, helping to reduce the heat island effect from developments with cooling, and ensures efficient delivery of space heating and hot water during the winter. 

By extending this system to the library and retail spaces at ground floor it further increases the opportunities for heat recovery from what would otherwise be waste heat, due to the cooling demands of these non-domestic spaces.