The new mixed use building at the north-west corner of the site will form the final piece of the jigsaw at the Great West Quarter regeneration scheme, which sits alongside the A4/M4 and already has a number of landmark buildings, such as the remodelled art deco Wallis House, a piazza building which incorporates embedded artwork from artist Alison Turnbull and a 25 storey double skinned tower.
This final building provides another exciting visual statement, say architects Assael Architecture. A 10-storey high green wall that sits within a striking glass atrium on the front of the building will offer a dynamic view from the flyover and surrounding roads for residents and passers by. Each deck within the atrium will include a mix of tropical vegetation and hard landscaping. Wires linking each deck encourage plant life to flourish and grow around them. The plants within the atrium will clean and heat the air before it is circulated into the apartments.
The building will contain 83 new homes with commercial space at ground level, as well as the atrium, private winter gardens and an ETFE covered piazza. The designs aim to shelter residents and visitors from the presence of the M4 corridor.