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Benedetti gets go-ahead to add three floors to derelict Southwark terrace

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Benedetti Architects has won approval to add three storeys to a dilipated Victorian terrace overlooking Pasley Park in Kennington, south London, to create 56 new homes, a GPs’ surgery, a pharmacy and a café

The £19 million project in Manor Place forms part of Southwark Council’s Regeneration in Partnership Programme – a commitment to build 1,500 new homes by 2018 and a further 9,500 units in Southwark by 2043.

According to Benedetti Architects, which formed in summer 2016 following the split of McDowell+Benedetti, the six-storey scheme will retain the three-storey frontage of the existing fire-damaged terraced row.

The decision to keep the front followed a local campaign spearheaded by the Walworth Society. A previous attempt to get the block listed in 2007 failed.

The three upper floors will be stepped back and ’differentiated with an expanded metal lath skin of anodised bronze/honey tones to complement the Victorian façade and brick lower storeys’.

The 56 ‘tenure blind’ flats include a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes and will be 50 per cent affordable. The firm claims that more than 80 per cent of all the homes will be dual aspect, with 5 per cent triple aspect. 

Practice director Renato Benedetti said: ‘Very well served by public transport and uniquely surrounded by the greenery of Pasley Park and Walworth Garden, this scheme is designed as a much-needed community hub, with the flats, GP surgery, pharmacy, café and generous public realm improvements replacing a long-derelict and dangerous site. As a local resident I am looking forward to it being built.’

Work is expected to start on site next June.



Project data

Location 161-179 Manor Place Terrace, London SE17
Site area 2,152m²
Gross internal area 6,786m²
Estimated construction cost £19 million
Appointed September 2014
Anticipated start on site June 2018
Client London Borough of Southwark
Architect Benedetti Architects
Structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel
Services engineer SGA Consulting
Quantity surveyor Calford Seaden

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  • A welcome injection of community facilities into the area - but I wonder whether the Walworth Society will be happy with the end result, or might come to think that it would have been better to clear the site and seek the very best of new design from scratch?

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