Re-purposing a car park
The site comprises six existing bungalow homes and the podium that the units sit on, which is partly subterranean and contains the disused car park. It’s set within the wider Rutley Close development in Kennington, which currently consists of five residential blocks and the podium structure. The podium extends beyond the site boundary, with an adjacent block to the north also sitting on top of the structure.The scheme was developed through extensive consultation, in accordance with Southwark’s Charter of Principles, primarily through open public meetings.
Providing much needed family homes
Twenty five new homes will be built, primarily on the car park site; 80 per cent will be two bedroom homes and 20 per cent much needed family homes with three bedrooms. Duplexes have been incorporated to increase dual aspect units.
The accommodation is arranged in two blocks fronting Royal Road and Otto Road and completes the corner of the urban block. A focal point is created at the corner junction of these two streets with additional height and the buildings are set back from the road edge to accommodate the existing mature trees.
A gap between the two blocks affords glimpses from this corner into the central courtyard at the heart of the development.
By removing part of the podium within the site boundary, units can be constructed from pavement level, improving accessibility and activating the street edge. Street elevations reflect the darker brick tones of the existing buildings while the lighter brick on courtyard facing elevations creates a bright new communal amenity space.