Sixties housing development gets new identity from WG+P

WG+P Architects (Waind Gohil + Potter) have redeveloped an existing 1960’s housing scheme in South East London. The development is a twenty minute train ride from London Bridge Station and is aimed at first time buyers.

The brief was to extend and modernise the housing block adding apartments and increasing green amenity space, incorporating parking on the site and establish a new identity for the development, referencing the look and feel of the surrounding area in a contemporary way.

WG+P have integrated  two new mansard levels above the existing two-storey building to provide 34 new contemporary apartments and 2 new terraced houses. The materials used to the lower three levels are a play on the ubiquitous suburban palette of brick and render, with the penthouses set back as a recessive element in cool grey cementitious cladding panels.

The design divided the existing building into two ‘L’ shaped blocks that semi enclose the south-facing amenity spaces. The gap between blocks has extensive areas of glazing and forms the principal entrance. This allows significantly more natural light into the communal areas and breaks down the overall mass of the front elevation facing Lingfield Crescent.

Construction costs were kept to a minimum at a modest £1,400 per m² using a timber frame construction method for the new mansard levels, an approach WG+P have expertise in working with when extending existing buildings on a tight budget, avoiding the need for costly ground works.

WG+P Director, Phil Waind commented:

“By utilising timber frame construction we were able to meet the clients brief and deliver a cost effective housing scheme at £1,400 per m². By current rates this figure is low and an approach that developers could aspire towards in developing fast, efficient, practical housing models in dense areas on top of existing buildings.”