New build mixed use development incorporating 30 social housing residential units and commercial B1 space on a tight, derelict, inner city piece of railway land in Lewisham, south London carefully designed to maximise the yield of the site in both plan and height
After having completed the detailed design stages the design and build contractor started on site in 2008 and completed around 50% of the work before instructing us to redesign the scheme and seek planning consent for a change of use to social housing. Working with Gallions Housing Association we redesigned the existing shell to accommodate 30 social flats with ground floor commercial use.
After having secured Planning Consent for the revised scheme, we worked through the detailed design phases again and assisted the Design and Build contractor to successfully complete the building on site in 2011.
The external aesthetic is carefully designed to respond to both the harsh railway environment whilst providing both a calming place to live and a vibrant building in the centre of the community. Facing the railway will be a pre-formed cladding system above a brick plinth, with rendered inner courtyards that the flats will face out onto. Full height floor to ceiling windows are proposed to allow natural light into the units, with attenuation to the railway side.