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As one of the most reliable and reputable retailers for what the UK bring into their homes, it was only fitting for John Lewis Partnership (JLP) to expand their offering to build-to-rent apartments which have instilled in them that same reliability and quality that is eponymous with the brand.
JLP pinpointed biophilic design as a desirable point of difference when researching their approach to build to rent. Oliver Heath Design were brought onto the project in an ongoing role as biophilic design consultants as JLP branch into the residential sector by developing their existing Waitrose properties. We have been guiding the schemes in their unique take on build to rent, while ensuring that each individual development was conscious of the existing surrounding landscape.
Working with multiple stakeholders, including landscape and interior architects, we developed a biophilic strategy to form part of a design guide to create cohesion across the various schemes, both those in the pipeline and future developments.
In addition to this we have been advising directly on individual schemes, acting as gatekeepers to ensure JLP’s biophilic point of difference is being successfully integrated – with the wellbeing of both people and planet being considered at every stage. This has involved working across various spatial zones, both interior and exterior and public and private realm; guiding multiple design specialisms on how to successfully implement biophilic features beyond planting and greenery.