A key element of the Wood Wharf residential district, 40 Charter Street includes 552 build-to-rent apartments designed to focus on everyday wellness, with flexible accommodation optimised for the age of hybrid working.
Apartments have been laid out to prioritise internal amenity space that can be adapted to personal needs, rather than private balconies and winter gardens. Floor-to-ceiling windows and Juliette balconies provide residents with superior daylight and views. Careful thought was given to the creation of community in a tall building – floor plates are planned to foster a feeling of neighbourliness, and the podium houses more than 1,500m2 of shared amenity space including a gym, business centre and multi-functional bookable rooms.
The building’s massing breaks away from the neighbourhood’s orthogonal grid, the façade an undulating wall with a dynamic interplay of horizontal and vertical elements, which produce a textured effect. The subtle rotation of the plan allows the building to engage with the landscape and context on all sides and opens up key views of the water and park for residents and from common terraces on the podium. A generous, multi-function, public realm is created, extending the adjacent waterfront park and providing areas for play, socialising and events.
The building is targeting Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for the residences, and BREEAM Excellent for retail units.