RIBA Chartered Practice

Springall St

ProposedAs Existing

This project consists of a new build 2-bed house in north Peckham.

The site comprises a back land plot off Springall Street, within the block of back gardens behind Springall Street, Studholme Street, Asylum Road and Meeting House Lane. The site is currently occupied by a damp and cramped 1-bed single story house, which was converted from a light industrial unit in the 1980’s.

The surrounding properties comprise an attached pair of two storey terraced houses, a single storey electrical sub station, a bland two storey 1960’s clergy house and the soaring copper roof and sculptural bell tower of St. John With St. Andrew Parish Church. Back from the street front, the site is surrounded on three sides by gardens to adjacent terraced houses. To the south there is a high brick wall separating the site from the church.

The client had owned the site for may years, and appointed us to see if it could be re-developed to provide a better quality, larger residential unit.

In consultation with the council we developed a design that met all the Residential Design Standards, provided generous internal spaces with good quality natural light and views whilst minimising the visual impact and loss of amenity on neighboring properties.

The elevations are to be composed of load bearing masonry (blue engineering brick), the roof is to be an extensive living roof, incorporating wild flower meadow mix pre grown turf. Internally, the new roof is to be formed using glue laminated larch beams, these are to be continued externally as pergolas designed provide visual screening to adjacent properties. These pergolas will connect the architectural language of the expressed beams with the boundary fence and gate forming the principle street elevation.

To reduce the visual impact on the neighboring gardens the height on the boundaries is to be limited to a maximum of 2m, and the roof slope will be limited to a 22.5º.