Posted at 10:42h
in Apex News
We are working in partnership with Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association (LSHA) and HTA Design LLP to provide 30 new affordable homes in South Bermondsey. The project will bring together the two currently occupied buildings with a distinctive design that will form a double storey rooftop extension, ‘bookends’ with maisonette apartments on either end of each existing building, and a new central core connecting the two buildings.
As a rare proposition for London’s zone two, all of the new homes will be provided for affordable use and the work will also deliver enhancements across the public realm, including new landscaping, lighting, residents lift, stairwell, and new communal entrance to connect the buildings in the new central core. The development also brings a range of sustainability improvements resulting in lower energy bills for residents.
The proposed scheme will allow LSHA to fund more housing supply across Lambeth and Southwark, especially important at a time where affordable housing is becoming an increasingly important commodity for London. In addition, the extension will enable LSHA to house some of the ‘hidden homeless’ currently present within the existing buildings.
In the film, Mark Jackson, Chief Executive of LSHA, comments on the benefits of working in partnership with a specialist airspace developer, enabling the organisation to mitigate risk and make full use of the land that they currently have.
“Our asset management strategy has identified the fact that the notional lifespan of the roof at Antony and Roderick is due to expire in the next few years, so we need some fairly major work if not, indeed, full re-roofing. We don’t have huge land banks, we don’t have vast reserves of money, so we need to make good use of what bits of land we do have.”
Commenting on the design required for this specialist project, Paul Maddock, Senior Architect at HTA Design LLP comments:
“HTA’s architecture, planning, landscape and sustainability teams have all collaborated on the design. The concept has been about creating roof forms which sit comfortably with the 1950s buildings.
We’ve created a bespoke solution where all of the new homes will be built from offsite modular construction [and] will be a fabric first approach, so highly insulated homes that will help to reduce energy bills for the new residents. There will also be water and energy efficient fittings throughout, as well as PV panels on the roof.”
Apex Airspace CEO Arshad Bhatti comments:
“Our research indicates there is potential to build 180,00 new [airspace] homes and one third of this sits above public land.
The project at Antony and Roderick house is a very good example of a win, win solution in terms of development. It will help Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association have new affordable homes in zone two by leveraging their airspace.”
The proposed development has been submitted for planning and will be funded utilising our loan facility with the Mayor of London.