Composite stone panels at 375 Kensington High Street
Designed by Squire & Partners, the 375 Kensington High Street development by St Edwards is part of a new residential quarter at the junction of Kensington High Street and Warwick Road. Manhire Associates have been working on the development since 2008. Early in the design process, Manhire Associates proposed adopting composite lightweight stone veneer panels as part of the ‘crisp’ façade design developed by Squire & Partners to be more ‘sympathetic’ and more compatible with the supporting structure. After identifying the Stone-Lite’ product, a scale mock-up was designed by Manhire Associates to demonstrate the quality of the stone and its relationship with the glazing, anodised bronze panels and supporting frame.
The approach has also been successfully implemented on the soffits of balconies and also the impressive ‘sky-gardens’ which link the buildings.4 of 7 of the buildings are now complete.