FBM Architects have secured planning consent for 49 new homes on an infill site on the Rennie Estate in Southwark.
The project forms part of the London Borough of Southwark’s New Homes Delivery Programme. Each of the 49 new apartments will be made available to council tenants, 50% reserved for local residents.
The design takes its reference from surrounding buildings. Brick is the principal material with variations in the treatment of balconies and window reveals adding interest to the façade. The lower floors have a horizontal emphasis, with projecting balconies and expressed window lintels. In the upper storeys, windows have a vertical scale and balconies are recessed. A side panel of textured brickwork adds further dynamism to the façade. The shape of the building helps to avoid single aspect units; 75% of the new homes are dual aspect and 25% are triple aspect.
The new development will facilitate estate-wide landscape improvements, with new links to the Galleywall Nature Reserve and Barlow House garden, playspace for toddlers and older children, an outdoor gym, new growing plots and allotments.
Speaking at the planning committee, Councillor Leo Pollak, Cabinet Member for Housing said that the scheme represented “one of the most virtuous planning applications ever seen…beautifully designed with generous and rational layouts” resulting from “a huge amount of resident influence in the design process, through resident group meetings, workshops and walkabouts.”
Tenders are currently being invited to construct the new buildings, under a design & build contract.
Find out more about the project at this link.
Client – London Borough of Southwark
Architect – FBM Architects
Planning Consultant – London Borough of Southwark
Principal Designer – Martin Arnold
Employer’s Agent – Martin Arnold
Structural Engineer – Ellis and Moore
MEP Engineer – CPW
Sunlight/Daylight – Point 2
Landscape Architect – ME Landscape Studio
Fire Consultant – Trenton
Transport Consultant – Paul Mews Associates
Flood Risk Consultant – RAB Consultants