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Architype’s Lewisham self-build homes get go-ahead

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Architype and John Broome Architects have been named as preferred bidder to develop a site in Lewisham with self-build housing

The architects working with community self-build group, the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), have been approved to deliver 33 units on the site of an old school in Ladywell, Lewisham.

The practices saw off competition from RCKa which had already carried out a feasibility study for the site.

The scheme includes a mix of one to four-bedroom homes across a mix of tenures including social rent, affordable rent, shared equity, and shared ownership.

The ‘Walter Segal-inspired’ designs will be built to Passivhaus standards and will also include shared gardens, a community hall, office, and kitchen.

According to a statement from Architype: ‘Unit sizes will be 10% greater than area standards in London and the ‘fabric first’ approach will promote high-quality, high performing robust materials that will drive down life-cycle costs. The proposed Passivhaus designs will also ensure residents maintain low energy costs through occupation, for some as little as £70 a year.’

RUSS founder, Kareem Dayes, who grew up living in a self-build property on Walter’s Way, said: ‘We are now able to begin the real work of building a truly affordable and sustainable community and can now move a step closer to empowering local people to create an alternative to private ownership and private rented housing.’

The scheme is expected to complete in 2019.

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  • We need a lot more of this type of design & development approach - it would be wonderful to see the torch carried for Walter Segal by John Broome and others getting far wider recognition throughout the country.

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