Replacement of existing 2/3 storey almshouse accommodating 12no. 1 bed flats to provide 100% affordable accommodation for over 60’s located within Lewisham’s St. Mary’s Conservation Area. The development provides 22no. 1bed/2p flats, including 3no. of wheelchair compliant units, communal lounge, office and meeting room along with associated cycle and scooter storage, car parking and retention of the existing amenity space.

The proposals were influenced by the Local Authority Planning and Conservation officers involvement which took place throughout the design process.

  • Client

    Lewisham Parochial and Almshouse Charities / MJS Consulting

  • Contract Value


  • Duration

    6 years 4 months

  • Use


The new building is of an ‘L’ shape plan, which follows the shape of the existing building’s plan in order to preserve the existing semi-private amenity space enjoyed by current residents, many of which are to live in the new building once it’s completed.
The 5-storey ‘tower’ element is to emphasise building’s corner location and to form a gateway to the conservation area as well as to correspond with St. Mary’s Church tower which is visible from the site. The 3-storey, pitched roof north and east wings have been proposed to connect with the adjacent buildings to the east (grade II listed) and to the north (making a positive contribution to the Conservation Area including St. Mary’s CofE Primary School).

There are two colours of brick – off white and grey. Various combinations have been proposed as the main façade treatment material to adhere to the context and provide a robust, long lasting, maintenance free solution. Flemish Bond has been proposed to adhere to a widely used solution with the Conservation Area.

The sizes and rhythm of the openings within surrounding existing buildings influenced proposed set out of the proposed openings. Chosen frames colours are to blend with proposed brick colours / walls materiality.
Photovoltaic panels located on top of the ‘tower’ – along with proposed energy efficiency measures and green roofs – provide 42% improvement above ADL 2013 which is in excess of required 35%.
Planning Approval won in May 2021.

Critical Challenges:

  • Working within Conservation Area
  • Managing Client’s expectations along Planning and Conservation Officers requirements
  • Achieving balanced, contemporary design while respecting historical environment
  • Addressing corner location and gateway to the Conservation Area

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