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Foster Lomas completes first scheme as developer

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London-based practice Foster Lomas has taken the wraps off the first project where it has acted as architect, client and contractor


The four home scheme in East Dulwich, south London took almost a year to build on the ‘awkward’ backland site surrounded by Victorian terraces.

The firm is already in discussions with other ’development partners’ to roll out the prototype on other sites.

Practice co-founder Will Foster said: ’This was a big step for our practice, instead of chasing developers for work, we decided to do it for ourselves.

’We used all our experience working for developers and private clients to deliver this project as architect, client and contractor.

He added: ’We turned CSH4 into an advantage, pushing for thermal performance instead of greenwash with solar panels. You cannot underestimate the amount of research needed to make development work, especially when you are focusing on quality design. Luckily our houses are now selling 20 per cent above market value in what is a very tricky market.’

Foster Lomas' Hindmans Yard in East Dulwich, south London

Foster Lomas’ Hindmans Yard in East Dulwich, south London

Terrace house plan

Architect’s view

Situated on an awkward site with limited access, we created high-performance houses which demonstrate the potential for contextually driven, high-quality architecture, locked within backland sites throughout London.

Inspired by their context, the brick clad buildings subtly contrast with the surrounding untouched red brick garden walls and create an enclave built around landscaped common space. The brick toothing details echo those found on the neighbouring Victorian terraces, with patterned steel continuing the detailing motif.

The material palette of brick, steel, timber and concrete came from the former site uses: classic car restoration, artist studios and furniture makers. Inside the palette is refined to create a candid backdrop for modern living which affords for personalisation by the occupants.

The houses were designed to provide visual connectivity to the gardens and common space. Every room in the house is daylit and combines with 3m floor to ceiling heights to provide generous living spaces.

The houses are constructed with a super insulated timber frame, triple glazed windows and doors, and features a heat recovery ventilation system. Bio-diverse carbon-capturing roofs have also been installed as part of a research project with the University of Brighton. The houses are built to a Passivhaus standard and achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.

Foster Lomas' Hindmans Yard in East Dulwich, south London

Foster Lomas’ Hindmans Yard in East Dulwich, south London

Source: Michael Franke


Project data

Architect Foster Lomas
Location East Dulwich, London
Type of project New-build residential
Structural engineer Conisbee
Client FWD
Contract duration 12 months
Completion date October 2015
Gross internal floor area 88m² - 100m² per property
Main contractor FWD
Lighting designer Foster Lomas
Roof contractor Organic Roofs
Sustainability level Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.




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