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Maccreanor Lavington wins go-ahead for 57 ‘pocket homes’ in Southwark

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Southwark Council has approved proposals by Maccreanor Lavington for 57 new homes, most of which measure just 37.8m²

The scheme in Varcoe Road will be 100 per cent affordable and makes up 6 per cent of the authority’s annual affordable housing target. It is the first development by compact homes developer Pocket Living to be built in the south London borough.

The majority of the flats are ‘a standard Pocket unit type’ measuring 6.2 x 6.2m (see plans below). The design allows the possibility of using volume prefabrication off-site.

Maccreanor Lavington said: ‘The homes have been designed to provide generous circulation spaces, which bring light and air deep into the plan. A robust materiality, generosity of fenestration and restrained articulation ensure that the building has a subtle character which references the surrounding industrial warehouses.’

According to the AJ100 practice, the project has been ‘developed with careful consideration of the surrounding context and to be sympathetic to existing residents’, with emphasis placed on a mix of internal and external amenity spaces ranging in ‘scale, orientation and degree of intimacy and shelter’.

The proposal will create 395m² of communal amenity space, 330m² of external space and 66m² of internal/winter gardens.

In addition, the proposal provides 227m² of commercial space on the ground floor. 

6th floor plan

6th floor plan

 

 

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