Burnt Ash Hill, Lewisham

This council led use of a brownfield site will replace an existing 26 room hostel with 64 much-needed affordable (100%) homes has been granted planning permission.

Located within an established landscape setting and mature trees, the new development of three villa buildings encloses a communal garden at the centre of the buildings with priority given to the retention of existing mature maple trees. Community food growing is provided to encourage social interactions with both formal and informal planting, providing defined spaces for play. The overall scheme enhances the biodiversity and ecology at the site with the existing urban greening factor increased by 75%.

Positioned between Our Lady of Lourdes church to north and apartment buildings to the south, the development is inspired by the local interwar Moderne housing. A series of curved balconies and entrance ways echo the character of the wider context. Coloured precast concrete and brick detailing is utilised according to the privacy of the elevation.

Team: Standerwick Land Design (Landscape) / HTA Design (Planning Consultant) / Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers (Civil & Structure) / Meinhardt (M&E) / TTP Consulting (Transport) / KIWA (Fire)

Status: RIBA 1-3

"Working with Lewisham Council has been extremely rewarding. Maintaining and enhancing the site's greatest asset, its mature landscape of trees was one of the communities’ key concerns. These council led homes will benefit from the establishing landscape for generations to come."

Robert Hodgen, Project Architect