Work begins on WG+P’s cost-effective housing scheme in South East London

WG+P Architects (Waind Gohil + Potter) have redeveloped an existing 1960’s housing scheme in South East London.

The brief was to extend and modernise the housing block adding apartments and increasing green amenity space, incorporating parking on the site and establish a new identity for the development, referencing the look and feel of the surrounding area in a contemporary way.

Following a single statutory application process the scheme in Bexley was granted planning approval by (London Borough of Bexley) in early 2015, increasing the saleable area by 100 per cent. It aims to target first time buyers with just a 20 minute train ride from London Bridge Station.

WG+P have integrated a two new mansard levels above the existing two-storey building to provide 34 new contemporary apartments and 2 new terraced houses. The materials used on this upper level design consist of anodized metal and a modern glass structure along with aluminium balconies which have been added to articulate the separate units.

The design also re-locates a caretaker’s flat to form two rationalised ‘L’ shaped blocks that semi enclose the south-facing amenity spaces. The glazed atrium gives an imposing quality to the building’s entrance, offering significantly more natural light into the communal circulation areas and breaking down the overall mass of the front elevation facing Lingfield Crescent. New green amenity spaces and parking has been incorporated into the design.

Construction costs have been kept to a minimum at a modest £1,400 per m² using a timber frame construction method for the new mansard levels, an approach WG+P have expertise in working with when extending existing buildings on a tight budget, avoiding the need for costly ground works.

WG+P Director, Phil Waind comments:

By utilising timber frame construction we were able to meet the clients brief and deliver a cost effective housing scheme at £1,400 per m². By current rates this figure is low and an approach that developers could aspire towards in developing fast, efficient, practical housing models in dense areas on top of existing buildings.”