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Somerleyton Road plans wins prestigious Design award

The plans for 304 new homes, half of which will be affordable, have been awarded the prize for the best 'Unbuilt housing’ scheme by the highly respected New London Architecture group.

Homes have been designed to meet modern high standards.  They will all meet the space standards set out in the London Housing Design Guide, and will all come with their own external space.  Unusually, virtually all homes will be dual aspect (having windows on more than one side), which helps provide good natural ventilation and provides a greater sense of space.  They will also be designed with energy efficiency and low running costs in mind. The range of sizes and types of new homes responds to housing need and our aim to build a community for all ages. Housing tenures will be mixed throughout the development.

Lambeth has appointed specialist regeneration business, Igloo, to lead a team of building professionals to design and deliver the project.  Rather than use a single architect for the whole project, Igloo has put together a team of London based architectural practices to design different elements of it, but all working together and sharing ideas along the way.  This unusual approach will provide a ‘Coordinated Variety’ to the look and feel of the place when it is finished.

As well as new homes, Somerleyton Road will also provide a new home for the Ovalhouse Theatre, much-needed workspace for Brixton’s creative businesses, the refurbishment of Carlton Mansions and the restoration of the Nuclear Dawn mural, space for a nursery, retail and other businesses, as well as a community hub. There will also be new public amenity spaces.

The Somerleyton Road project is being delivered by Lambeth in partnership with Ovalhouse Theatre and Brixton Green.  Igloo are the development manager, working with architects Metropolitan Workshop, Mae, Howarth Thompkins, Foster Wilson, and Zac Monro.

Building more and better homes

This award comes after the recent launch of the Housing Design Principles for Lambeth that will need to be met by every new home that will be built as a part of the estate regeneration programme. These principles are supported by a detailed set of design standards that the Council has been preparing over the last year.

Work on the Housing Design Principles for Lambeth started in 2014 to ensure that our new homes are good quality, economic and easy to maintain and that the lessons of previous development projects could be learned. Levitt Bernstein Architects held a series of guided workshops with Lambeth’s planning department and housing management staff as well as resident representatives from Tenants and Leaseholders Council and Councillors.

The design standards that support them, represent live documents, which will remain under review as the programme of home building progresses. Through the process of masterplanning estates, the Council will look for feedback from residents and where necessary will amend, improve and update these standards from time-to-time.

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and the Housing Design Principles on the link below: