Client: Phoenix Community Housing
Project value: £1,000,000
Project stage: Planning
Gibberd has won a commission through a design ideas competition for Phoenix Community Housing to produce a design for four new dwellings with associated amenity in Downham, a suburban district located in south east London. The site in question is located within the borough of Lewisham with a history of residential use, formerly occupied by a terrace of four houses, which were demolished due to subsidence. The concept challenged some of the principles of the outline brief and most notably, offered the prospect of realising a scheme which would address the inherent problems and offer significant benefits to the schemes residents, but also to the wider locality.
The client was keen to see a mix of dwelling types and tenure maximising capacity, but adding to the quality of the public realm. The site presented a number of different design challenges, most notably the varied topography, limited parking opportunities, constrained site and the close proximity of neighbouring properties. The units have been designed to Design Quality Standards, Lifetime Homes and Secure by Design. To achieve the criteria for Lifetime Homes each dwelling has been designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. A range of sustainable elements have been integrated into the design in order to ensure the scheme has integrated the provisions formally made by the code for sustainable homes. The dwellings are a mixture of two and three bedroom homes providing adaptive use appropriate to the local context.
The consequential proposal provides strong design quality affording natural surveillance for the adjacent public open space, generating a strong sense of place, promoting facilities for social interaction and providing high quality amenity spaces responsive to the changing needs of the community.
The scheme has many of the key attributes to become a high quality residential scheme and Gibberds are proud to have been the architects of the design and look forward to working on subsequent stages of the scheme’s delivery. The scheme is currently awaiting planning permission.