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Matter gets go-ahead for Clapham Common family centre

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Newly formed Matter Architecture has won planning for a £460k nursery and community centre in South London


The job was originally won by Roland Karthaus’ practice Karthaus Design, but was later taken on by Matter Architecture when Karthaus joined forces with Jonathan McDowell after McDowell+Benedetti split earlier this year.

The 172m2 family centre sits on the edge of Clapham Common within Metropolitan Open Land and replaces an existing building on the site.

The scheme will provide a nursery for children with special educational needs and a resource centre for families using the common.

Built from cross-laminated timber, the building’s form has been designed to open up views across the common.

The project is set to start on site in February 2017 and is expected to complete in August 2017.

The Spinney by Matter Architecture

The Spinney by Matter Architecture

Project data

Location Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, London SW4
Type of project special educational needs nursery and community resources centre
Client Clapham Manor Primary School and Lambeth Council
Architect Matter Architecture
Planning consultant Iceni Projects
Structural engineer Michael Hadi Associates
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor Ian Sayer & Co
Planning supervisor Ian Sayer & Co
Funding Local Authority SEN funding
Appointment competitive tender
Tender date December 2016
Start on site date February 2017
Completion date August 2017
Contract duration 6 months
Gross internal floor area 172 m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional JCT contract
Total cost £463,000

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