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Child Graddon Lewis completes £9m brick housing

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Child Graddon Lewis has completed this £9 million affordable housing scheme in Bermondsey 


The 51-home development for Notting Hill Housing sits on a site which had previously been occupied by a training facility for the Territorial Army.

The design responds to two heritage buildings which surround the plot – the Grade II-listed Neckinger Mills complex to the east and a Grade II-listed War memorial fronting Jamaica Road.

At the site’s most prominent corner a five-storey block is broken up by balconies with lattice brickwork parapets while on other sides the scheme steps down and is recessed to respond to its historic context.

The U-shaped building is arranged around a central courtyard space and creates new frontages to address the street.

Queens Court by Child Graddon Lewis

Queens Court by Child Graddon Lewis

Architect’s view

The development’s design, form, scale, structured composition and materiality responds to the setting of two important heritage assets. To the east, adjoining the site on Abbey Street is a grade II listed building known as The Gate House, which forms part of the listed Neckinger Mills complex. There is also a Grade II listed War Memorial on the site situated at ground floor level fronting Old Jamaica Road.

The central landscaped courtyard provides meaningful podium level landscaping and is a central focus of the development. It is open to the west, allowing direct light into the courtyard during the afternoon and evening. It is fully enclosed with front doors and private terraces.

The massing of the Old Jamaica Road elevation is modulated by the double height recess to the lower two levels. Portland stone has been used to frame the listed War Memorial and the reassembly in its original location retains its significance as a point of remembrance for the local community.

The new building steps down adjacent to Neckinger Mills, and the elevation treatment at the junction where the proposal meets the listed building on Abbey Street has been demarcated by a recess in the brickwork to provide a visual and physical break. This is key for a relationship between the new and old buildings.

The facade treatment is based on a regular structural grid, with large windows setting up a strong rhythm and identity to reflect the Victorian warehouse aesthetic of the Neckinger Mills building. The strength of the proposed structural framework allows for repetition in the fenestration, which is enhanced by textured panels in the brickwork.

The completed building is a distinctive new addition to Bermondsey establishing a contemporary new piece of architecture in the townscape whilst complementing the historic signature of the setting.

Queens Court by Child Graddon Lewis

Queens Court by Child Graddon Lewis

Site plan

Queens Court by Child Graddon Lewis

Queens Court by Child Graddon Lewis

Project data 

Location Bermondsey, London
Type of project residential
Client Notting Hill Housing
Architect Child Graddon Lewis Architects
Landscape architect RLA
Planning consultant Rolphe Judd
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E consultant Calford Seadon (planning), KUT Partnership (construction)
Quantity surveyor Calford Seadon
Planning supervisor Martin Arnold Associates
Main contractor Allenbuild South East
Appointment framework and fee tender at construction
Tender date February 2013
Start on site date January 2015
Completion date March 2016
Contract duration 29 weeks (pre-construction) 56 weeks (construction)
Gross internal floor area 4,700m2
Form of contract JCT Design & Build
Total cost approximately £9 million


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