The south London residential scheme has a broad mix of housing types but a distinct aesthetic
bptw partnership’s scheme provides 279 new homes in the London Borough of Southwark for Notting Hill Housing Trust. The site, to the south-west of the recently rejuvenated Burgess Park, was previously part of the Elmington Estate, which had remained derelict following demolition 10 years ago. The scheme focuses on creating a mixed community; homes within the scheme have been developed using a broad mix of housing types; homes include one-to-three bed apartments, two and three bed duplex units and three and four bed family houses with gardens. 22 one & two bed units will be let at 80% market rent and 41 three-bed units will be let at 65% market rent.
Across the development, variations in roof form, materials and textures have been used to create a varied street scene built around defined character areas. New routes to the south are characterised by low-scale apartment blocks and contemporary family housing to complement the scale of existing neighbouring properties. Three-storey flat and pitched roof houses with informal window patterns within a brick façade give this area its own distinct aesthetic, adding to the character of the street which offers on-street parking for larger units.
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The massing transition between the lower-scale homes to the south and larger-scale street-fronted apartments towards the north of the site are emphasised by six-storey apartment blocks at a newly created junction. Characterised by new linear apartment blocks, existing streets towards the north are enhanced with street planting. This character of the area is also emphasised through material choice, with unique brick detailing being complemented by bold metallic balconies to create a distinct, contemporary feel. The increase in massing towards the north of the site culminates in the creation of a marker building fronting Burgess Park, which acts as a landmark entrance to the development while offering views over London and the park itself.
New public and private amenity spaces are spread across the site, providing a range of landscaped spaces for both residents and the local community. Clearly defined private amenity is created within private landscaped courtyards, pocket parks, rear gardens to houses, and communal roof terraces.
We worked closely with landscape architect Allen Pyke to develop the urban strategy for the new neighbourhood. We developed a hierarchy of amenity spaces, which help to reinforce the existing and new routes. We have been able to deliver a variety of high-quality new homes around new streets and urban blocks that stitch these derelict sites back into the wider area.
Mark Jefferson, Associate and project lead at bptw partnership
The design responds to the local character of the area, from the large Mansion Block on Edmund Street to the surrounding Victorian terraced streets, in materials and scale. The site layout exploits the proximity to Burgess Park by providing new landscaped connections through the development to the park for the new residents and the wider community. Our residents love their new homes. We are delighted with the scheme and the impact that it will have in this neighbourhood for generations to come.
Kelly Harris, senior planning manager, Notting Hill Housing
Bptw partnership site plan
Completion date Spring 2017
Architect bptw partnership
Client Notting Hill Housing Trust
Tenure mix 23% Affordable, 43% Shared Ownership and 34% Private
Landscape architect Allen Pyke Associates
Planning consultant GVA Grimley
Main contractor Ardmore Construction
Local planning authority London Borough of Southwark
Total size 24,800m²