Phase 1

The planning application being prepared includes the detailed design for the first phase of the development which includes rented homes, in 3 identical towers of 32 storeys, above an 800 seat auditorium and cafe. Phase 1 includes:

  • 600 homes for rent, 1/3 of which will be affordable (200 homes) in Tower B. The final mix of type and size of affordable homes is to be determined with the eventual Registered Provider that will manage the homes and Lewisham Council;
  • The building has been designed for long-term tenants – residents have dedicated move in and out bays and secure areas for deliveries to be stored;
  • Each home has its own balcony or winter garden;
  • Each home has access to the communal gardens;
  • No single aspect north facing homes, meaning daylight levels inside the homes will be excellent;
  • Majority of homes are dual aspect, meaning windows on two or more walls;
  • Each home has secure cycle parking underground and access to additional storage;
  • All homes have direct access to the ground floor cafĂ©;
  • The building has been designed to be sustainable for the long term by using district heat and power, rain water harvesting and a vacuum waste system, enabling high levels of commercial and residential recycling;
  • The structure of the building has been designed as an exoskeleton, meaning that the building supports are on the outside of the building. The benefits of this are larger internal areas, easier future maintenance and a remarkable high-quality design for the first phase of the development.

 

When we have previously shared our proposals we anticipated that there would be a church occupying the ground floor of this building. We have been unable to reach an agreement with the church so the design has been developed to provide a flexible auditorium space – no final user of the space has been identified yet, but we will not be applying for church or religious use for this phase.