John Sisk & Son in partnership with Quintain has delivered a combined total of 1,201 new homes at two major new landmark developments E03 Canada Gardens and E05 The Robinson, Wembley Park. Both projects have a combined value of £420m and were delivered successfully despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The completion of these leading Build to Rent developments at Wembley Park, which form part of the estate’s ‘Eastern Lands’, means Quintain has now completed 65% of the Wembley Park masterplan – one of the most exciting and all-encompassing urban transformation opportunities in Europe.
Sisk and Quintain created a football-themed ‘pass it on challenge’ video at Wembley Park to mark this milestone. The video features Sisk and Quintain employees’ children, local supply chain partners, local apprentices and charity partners in the region of Brent celebrating 16 years of collaboration between the two companies.
Flagship development Canada Gardens, with 743 Build to Rent (BtR) homes, is the largest at Wembley Park with a project value of £245 million and has been Sisk’s largest UK job. Of these homes, 303 are classed as Discount Market Rent, spread throughout the development to ensure they are tenure blind and all under the management of Quintain Living, as are the market price homes.
Beside Canada Gardens, The Robinson development with a contract value of £176.8 million is aimed at sharers, with up to four-bedroom homes. Its playful, unique amenities include rooftop caravans, a hot tub and one of the longest row of sun loungers in the UK at 50 meters long. The Sky Lounge, which wraps around a courtyard on the 16th floor, is accessible by a seven-meter-long slide from the rooftop and includes a polkadot London Taxi coffee bar.
Both projects have Envac integrated, an innovative system that sucks waste and recycling down underground tunnels at 70kph to a collection centre at the edge of Wembley Park, minimising the use of refuse lorries and negating the use of large household bins and ground-floor bin storage facilities for residents.
Ajaz Shafi, Managing Director, UK South, John Sisk & Son said: “We are absolutely thrilled to complete our flagship project Canada Gardens and most recently The Robinson at Wembley Park. We have invested significantly in digital and offsite construction to ensure a first-class delivery.
“We have seen award-winning innovation during these projects and exciting new ways of working to deliver a best-in-class product, including radical digitalisation and our first use of precast panels. The Robinson marks our 11th project in 16 years in partnership with Quintain at Wembley Park. To deliver both Canada Gardens and The Robinson in the midst of the challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic is a testament to the resilience and outstanding work ethic of our team and supply chain partners.”
Matt Voyce, Executive Director of Construction at Quintain commented: “In 2016, Eastern Lands was simply surface car parking reminiscent of when Wembley Park was purely used for event days. Now, Canada Gardens and The Robinson with over 1,200 new homes have been delivered on time and to budget, through the skill of our exceptional project management teams and contractors. Through the remarkable levels of collaboration, we have been able to work leaner and more efficiently than ever before. Delivering these projects during the uncertainty of Brexit, changing fire safety regulations and a global pandemic has been no mean feat and ultimately a huge success.”
On E03 Canada Gardens, 40 per cent of staff were locally employed, with 35 apprentices, 21 of which were local. On E05 The Robinson, 34 per cent were locally employed, with 33 apprentices hired, 22 of which were local.