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Approval for Haworth Tompkins' Southwark housing

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Haworth Tompkins has won planning permission for a new residential development on the site of a former education college near Southwark Underground station

The scheme will provide 60 homes – of which 35 per cent will be affordable - in two blocks of up to seven storeys on behalf of developer Acorn Property Group.

The architect said that the 0.4 hectare scheme will reinstate the area’s historic urban layout, connecting The Cut to Ufford Street.

A statement from the practice said: ‘The ground-floor homes to the west have lower ground-floor living spaces which open up to back gardens and the shared garden at the back.

‘This picks up on the local Georgian townhouse typology which also uses the lower ground floor space to connect the house to its garden.

‘Branching from this new route, an east and west mews is formed by using the interstitial spaces between the proposal and its context.’

The scheme will also provide 852m² of commercial floorspace at ground level.

Former buildings of Lewisham Southwark College on the site will be demolished, with the college moving to a new building next door designed by Platform 5 Architects in collaboration with Richard Hopkinson Architects.

A report by Southwark Council planning officers said: ‘Overall it is considered that the proposed development would be of a high quality design, which would successfully manage the transition in scale between the low rise cottages at Ufford Street, and the larger scale of buildings at Lewisham Southwark College and towards Blackfriars Road.

‘The facing materials are good quality, robust and attractive, and the variety of window openings and terraces add interest and modulation to the form.’

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