Greenwich build to rent scheme wins housing design award

Essential Living’s Creekside Wharf development has won the Project Award for a Private Rented Sector Development at the Housing Design Awards.

The award recognised the innovative design, amenity space, and the public realm and discount market rent offer at the scheme, which was designed by Assael Architecture.

The judging panel praised the architecture of the building, saying “these are the first apartments to be designed with families as their target market.”

Creekside Wharf is a 249-home scheme next to Deptford Creek. It features two buildings, one of which is designed exclusively for family renters, with wider corridors, buggy storage and acoustic insulation – all of which were applauded by the judging panel.

The discount market rent (DMR) offer was also noted by the judges. A quarter of the homes at Creekside Wharf will be at DMR and these will be ‘pepper-potted’ throughout the project with the same access and to the same standard as those at market rent.

When Creekside Wharf received planning permission in July 2015, Greenwich council leader Denise Hyland told the committee: “The scheme is highly imaginative and I wish it every success. I’m very impressed with the affordable offer and this is overall an innovative scheme.”


Matthew Lamb, development manager at Essential Living, said:

“We’re delighted to have won this award, which is fantastic recognition of our work in making a scheme that kept families in mind at every step of the design process.”

Russell Pedley, director at Assael Architecture, said:

“Our ethos is that a resident’s home starts at the front door of the building, not the front door of their apartment. Our focus on amenity space was integral in giving our buildings that strong sense of community to ensure residents want to stay there for the long-term.”

Creekside Wharf, due to be completed in 2017, is part of Essential Living’s pipeline of 5,000 homes for rent across London and the South East.

The Housing Design Awards are the longest running awards programme in the country, having been launched in 1948 as a government initiative to promote well-designed and healthy homes.

The panel was made up of leading industry and public sector figures from RICS, RIBA, the GLA and the Department for Communities and Local Government, among others.