Explorer House, Lewisham

Explorer House, Lewisham

Baily Garner were appointed as Architects and Employer’s Agent on the development of 17 new flats and houses for rent and shared ownership after the original site on Sydenham Road of terraced Edwardian shops/flats were rendered as uneconomic to refurbish.

The scheme’s 3 storey block fronting the highway and two 2 storey wings returning to the existing Victorian houses on adjacent side streets, picked up the rhythm of the original terrace using a series of 8 vertical brick elements with parapets, built close to the back edge of pavement, with a brick planter and green walls on wire trellis. Balconies required by the London Housing Design Guide brought light to each flat, disguised in open brick enclosures at each end and the middle of the block. The development’s horse shoe plan encloses the four wall rear courtyard garden amenity space for residents.

Constructed using timber frame with brick cladding, an intensive green roof to flats and houses provides a bio-diverse ecology to the site, with photovoltaic panels on the 3 storey roof providing clean sustainable energy helping to achieve Code for Sustainable Housing Level 4.  All homes were designed to HQI requirements and subsequently improved to meet London Housing Design Guide standards, with larger balconies and tall ceilings.

This £1.8 million project was shortlisted in the the Best Small Development category of the National Housing Awards 2015.


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