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Haworth Tompkins' south London five-storey tower extension approved

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Haworth Tompkins has received the green light for its regeneration and extension of a 26-storey south London housing tower

Southwark Council’s planning committee approved the proposals for Maydew House on the Abbeyfield Estate in Rotherhithe.

The scheme will refurbish 144 existing scissor flats within the vacant 1960s building, as well as adding five storeys to provide a further 24 homes.

Maydew House will be stripped back to its concrete frame and given a terracotta cladding. Window frames will be replaced and the eastern lift core extended and reconfigured.

The architect has redesigned the tower’s ground and first floors to provide a new entrance, resident facilities and a new community centre for local charity Bede.

Public realm improvements will be made at the front of Maydew House to form a new public square with trees and play features.

The new units in the extension will be split-level homes, a mix of one and two bedrooms. All these will be market housing, and up to 32 previously affordable homes will also be sold at market rates.

Haworth Tompkins will create replacement affordable housing within a nine-storey block, providing 87 new sub-market units on the same estate. This project will take place on the site of the existing Bede Centre, which will be demolished.

Haworth Tompkins Bede Centre housing block

Haworth Tompkins Bede Centre housing block

Source: Forbes Massie

Haworth Tompkins Bede Centre housing block

A new pedestrian route and gates into Southwark Park will be created between Maydew House and the existing Bede Centre building.

The scheme will now go to the mayor of London for final approval.

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