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Black Architecture to transform pub site into housing HQ

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[First look] Black Architecture has bagged a commission to transform a derelict pub into a new headquarters building for the Phoenix Community Housing Association in Lewisham, south London

Planned to open in 2014, the scheme will feature a community ‘training restaurant’ and will be located at the ‘centre’ of the association’s property estate.

Black saw off stiff opposition from Edward Cullinan Architects, Fletcher Priest, Pollard Thomas Edwards and BPTW to win the role.

Jim Ripley, Phoenix Community Housing Association chief executive, said: ‘We chose Black Architecture because they really understood the brief of using the heritage of an old style community pub to establish a venue that will add value to the community.

‘The architects are already working on the planning process with regular consultation with staff and local people and businesses. We are looking at natural light, space, and all the facilities needed in an enterprising environment of this kind. The HQ will also have green credentials; it will be a sustainable, low energy building.’

Paul Hinkin, Black Architecture managing director added: ‘The main challenge will be to create a building that fits seamlessly into the environment and combines public and private work spaces.

‘It’s about delivering a democratic structure that not only has longevity but also flexibility to adapt.’

Buildings run by Phoenix Community Housing Association include the 1951 Passfields estate which was designed by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew and won a Festival of Britain special architectural award for civic and landscape design.

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