[First look] S333 has completed this mixed-use housing and retail scheme in New Kent Road, Southwark in south London
The £8.4 million competition-winning project is one of a wave of similar developments located around Elephant and Castle housing residents from the abandoned 1960s Heygate Estate which is now being demolished.
The architect’s view
In 2006 S333 won the first prize in the Elephant & Castle Regeneration Competition for a site on London’s New Kent Road. The site is squeezed between an existing residential block with its small garden and a main railway viaduct. The large volumes of traffic carried by road and the overland train services result in a noisy environment orientated in the same direction as long views and sunlight. The railway viaduct
arches are to be opened up for new mixed use to create a new active pedestrian link to the station. The site is also characterised by a number of mature trees on the site that should be retained.
Our ambition is to create an attractive residential identity for the site using robust and sustainable materials. The primary principals of the buildings are the continuous band of shops and apartment lobbies on the ground floor, the new interior garden that comprises of new trees, existing trees, and terraces and the three residential urban villas. The urban villas are clearly identifiable building blocks with there own
address and can individually respond to issues such as overshadowing, the viaduct and the proximity to the Albert Brooks House.