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Trentham foresees trouble for ambitious Bermondsey scheme - images

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Michael Trentham Architects has lodged a planning application with the London Borough of Southwark for this striking development.

The scheme for developer Sherwood Street - replacing a 1950s pub - would include seven residential units and one live-work unit.

However, Trentham has warned that the building, clad in Cor-ten, is likely to have trouble with planning due to the attitude of the local conservation officer. Officials have told him that his project is not in keeping with the surrounding 'pattern-book' housing.

Trentham has attempted to argue that the Cor-ten cladding reflects the iron-and-tinware works that were replaced by the existing homes.

Trentham said: 'We have spent a year developing the project with Southwark Council and although it is not in a conservation area we have been frustrated by the conservation department's insistence on keeping in context with the surrounding housing.

'[This housing] is completely out of character with the previous warehouses that were on the site and that formed the rich heritage of Bermondsey - in stark contrast to the contemporary urban vernacular previously supported by the council.

'It is important to rise above this mediocrity of the surroundings and not dumb down to its level.'

by Ed Dorrell

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