Noisy neighbours and hidden depths
The two brownfield sites each had their own unique challenges, as well as those associated with developing within a conservation area. The larger plot on Camberwell Road adjacent to a bus garage was severely constrained in terms of access and noise and the long, narrow plot facing Medlar Street had a 100 year old working sewer pipe running along its entire length that needed to be retained.
Crafted spaces inside and out
Our design for Peabody successfully delivers a unified solution for these complex and distinct sites that book-end the larger terrace block. While the two sites are individually designed, common elements create a sense of consistency. The surface textures and colours complement each building and respond to their immediate surroundings. High quality bricks with reflective surfaces and large windows create a modern light look.
The town houses incorporate a second white brick to the terrace walls further reflecting light and adding interest. Their innovative form, including courtyard gardens and upper floor terraces, delivers generous family sized accommodation.
A lightweight metal frame structure has been designed to sit on a raft foundation to protect the Victorian sewer pipe running beneath the site.
The metal frame is a prefabricated cassette system, which was manufactured and pre-insulated in a factory to very high standards of workmanship. This method of construction afforded an accelerated construction programme and a reduction in costs to the client.
The Camberwell Green setting is further enhanced by the provision of high quality communal and private landscaped spaces on Camberwell Road for everyone to enjoy.