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Shedkm south-east London housing would be practice's tallest scheme to date

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Shedkm has submitted a planning application for this 29-storey block of flats in Abbey Wood, south-east London – the practice’s tallest building to date 

The 208-home project for mid-market developer HUB and joint venture partner Bridges Ventures will also be the Liverpool and London-based architects’ first tower in the capital.

The scheme, dubbed Abbey Place, features a 29-storey centrepiece skyscraper and a lower 10-storey residential block which includes a 90-bed hotel.

HUB and its partner Bridges, a specialist sustainable and social impact investor, snapped up the 0.4ha site within U+I’s Cross Quarter regeneration scheme, close to the new Abbey Wood Crossrail station, late last year.

According to the development team, the 23,791m² scheme ‘aims to create a set piece of new buildings that raise the benchmark for high-quality development in Abbey Wood’ and will ‘provide a strong visual marker for the area’.

The flats will be dual aspect with 2.6m floor to ceiling heights and exposed concrete soffits. A percentage of the flats will be affordable with the rest for the private rented sector (PRS).

shedkm's Abbey Place scheme - model of a one-bed flat

shedkm’s Abbey Place scheme - model of a one-bed flat

Model of one-bedroom flat

Shedkm director Alex Flint said: ‘Abbey Place is focused around people. Living spaces have been designed from the inside-out, maximising usable area through the elimination of corridors and efficient space planning.

‘The development aims to provide a new standard of residential accommodation in the outer London boroughs, whilst generating a dynamic set piece of buildings and creating a landmark for the wider area.’

HUB Group director Steve Sanham added: ‘Collaborating with shedkm on Abbey Wood will bring well-designed sustainable homes, in a soon-to-be-key Crossrail hub [opening 2018].

‘We hope that this investment and vote of confidence will help Abbey Wood re-establish itself as a viable location for hardworking professionals to put down roots.’

Subject to planning approval, the project is due to start on site next summer (2017).

Meanwhile shedkm’s other major London scheme, the £47 million Ruskin Square development in Croydon for Schroders + Stanhope, is expected to complete in the coming weeks.

Project data

Location Abbey Wood, London Borough of Greenwich
Type of project Mixed-use residential
Client HUB Group
Architect shedkm
Landscape architect BCA Landscapes
Planning consultant Barton Willmore
Structural engineer Elliott Wood
M&E consultant Skelly and Couch
Quantity surveyor Faithful and Gould
Planning supervisor Barton Willmore
Main contractor TBC
Start on site date TBC
Completion date TBC
Contract duration Circa 24 months
Gross internal floor area 23,791m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Two-stage Design and Build

Shedkm sketch abbey wood


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