Design principles

Everyone deserves a beautiful home

All the homes we build meet the Homes for Lambeth Design Principles and Lambeth Council design standards. This means all our homes exceed national standards and are designed around the needs of our current and future residents.

Lambeth is at its best when its communities are genuinely mixed. This means building more social homes, homes below market rent for families in low pay, at secure market rent for those unable to buy and affordable homeownership for those who can. There will also need to be some full market rent and market sale homes to help pay for the construction of more affordable homes.

In building new homes, Homes for Lambeth takes a long-term view: these homes need to stand the test of time; they need to create a positive legacy for a future Lambeth; they need to be high quality, low maintenance and low energy. And they need to help create resilient mixed neighbourhoods for everyone. We recognise that the quality of your home is closely linked to the quality of your life.

Our 10 Housing Design principles must be met by every new home that we build. These principles are supported by a detailed set of design standards prepared by Lambeth Council.

National design standards and building regulations set out the minimum specifications that every home in the UK must meet. The Lambeth design standards improve on these requirements.

Design principles

All homes will be built to good space standards that meet or, where possible, exceed the National Housing Standards for room sizes, size of home and room heights. We will make sure that buildings are tested for soundproofing during the construction process and where necessary will improve upon building regulations requirements. We will build with high quality materials that include good standards of insulation and sound proofing, maximising the performance of the components and materials that make up the building fabric itself, before considering the use of mechanical or electrical systems. This can help reduce construction, maintenance and running cost, improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

We will make sure that the storage space provided in each home matches the size and use of the home, recognising the needs of families. We will build a variety of homes that cater for the different needs of individuals and families (for example – some open plan living and some not). We will ensure that there is easy access to services (water, power etc) so that maintenance is straightforward.

Where we are re-housing residents, they will be involved in the design process. We will be developing a range of choices for each scheme from which residents 7 will be able to make appropriate selections. Homeowners will enjoy the same rights to personalise their new homes as tenants.

We will provide outdoor space for each new home that is big enough to be enjoyed by residents, whether it is a terrace, balcony or garden. In some instances, such as higher up buildings or for flats overlooking busy roads, then it may be necessary to provide additional indoor space instead. We will also make sure that outdoor space is designed to be enjoyable, considering access to sunlight, impact from noise, security and protection from wind.

We want to create places for all, where everyone is valued equally; that means designing more traditional buildings and places, creating streets and squares that do not differentiate tenures or income groups. All homes will look alike from the street, use similar specifications for communal and outdoor spaces and include a proportion of wheelchair friendly, accessible and age-friendly homes.

We will provide communal spaces that are designed to be safe for a range of ages and uses. In larger developments, a range of different spaces will be created. All shared parts of the development such as entrances and bin stores will be designed with safety in mind. The design and maintenance of shared spaces in the new development will discourage anti-social behaviour and support community activity.

We will provide refuse and recycling stores that are convenient for each home and also designed to minimise nuisance and be secure. The location and type of refuse storage will be considered from an early stage so that it is practical, easy to use, can be easily maintained and to minimise disruption from waste collection. Where stores are integral with the building, we will provide fobbed access directly from outside. Individual or communal cycle storage outside the home will be secure, sheltered and adequately lit, with convenient access to the street.

We will ensure that the new homes will be carefully designed to support the community that lives there and those who join in future. Homes will be robust and durable, and capable of adaptation should people’s needs change over time. 27 New buildings will respect the area they are built-in, and Lambeth’s unique heritage and neighbourhood mix.

We will design homes so that wherever possible front doors will face onto streets, and public spaces will be overlooked by the buildings around them. There will be pedestrian and cycle-friendly streets that you can cross safely, see your way through and use easily, with lighting at night. Parking and refuse arrangements and management will be considered throughout the design process. The new homes and places will sit well in their neighbourhood, enhancing the wider area.

We will ensure that new homes will be designed to be easy to manage and maintain and to keep energy costs and service charges low. We will work to minimise waste and use greener materials through construction.