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gardens and conservatories. “Our plan was to retain the character of the original school buildings and respect the conservation area,” says Mark Griffiths of developer St George. Southwark has had a similar approach to housing projects across historic Camberwell, Peckham, Nunhead and Peckham Rye, where residents in these much-loved neighbourhoods channelled ideas into an area action plan. Peckham is home to some of Southwark Council’s best use of innovative architecture southwarkmagazine.com

to develop new homes in busy urban zones. For example, Consort Road offers 49 homes of high-quality design yet low-cost, in Peckham’s regeneration area. Designed by architect Walter Menteth for the Presentation Housing Group, Consort Road opened in 2007, with three contemporary blocks linking shared ownership and rented apartments with terraced family homes. Away from affordable housing, Southwark realises the benefit of luxury developments in bringing new homes, prosperity and jobs into the borough. Working with Galliard Homes and architect Panter Hudspith, the council helped to deliver 90 one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Bear Lane. Hugging the White Hart pub on Bankside, Bear Lane, completed in 2009, offers contemporary interior designs and great amenity spaces, right next to Tate Modern. Nearby, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Neo Bankside’s 217 spacious apartments and penthouses overlook the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. Four cascading steel and glass hexagonal pavilions of different heights – all with external diagonal braces and exterior glazed lifts – contain apartments designed by Anthony Collett, Kerstin Williams and Wallpaper magazine’s Benjamin Kempton and Amy Heffernan. “My aim was to offer peace and serenity from the hurly burly of life outside,” says Williams. Residents enjoy restaurants, shops, a gym, private gardens and at ground level, new connecting public routes to the Thames, Tate Modern and Southwark Street. One Tower Bridge, designed by Squire & Partners, is located between Tower Bridge and the Thames, on the south side of the river. Berkeley Homes’ 356 opulent, contemporary apartments have Conran-designed interiors with state-of-the-art technology, while residents can also make use of a private spa, pool and gym. The prime riverside development’s nine blocks will bear the names of royal houses such as Windsor and Tudor. The development is on site, with international, UK and London buyers keenly interested. The Shard at London Bridge Quarter offers the UK’s highest apartments. But the Sellar Group’s 72-storey, 310m-tall ‘vertical city’ is also giving local people access to ‘real work’ training, with a Southwark College campus at The Cut and a construction centre at the college’s Bermondsey centre providing part of the Shard Southwark vocational programme. Southwark Council, Sellar and Southwark College have secured first interviews for students pursuing jobs in the development. “Private and public investment is delivering creative benefits for local people,” says Ruth Gilbert, Southwark College principal.

Affordable homes • Southwark, London’s largest social landlord, has 39,000 council homes and 16,700 leaseholders. • Housing associations manage more than 15,000 homes. • Built between 1960-1980, much of Southwark’s stock needs investment. The council has agreed a £400 million, fiveyear programme, as part of its ‘warm, dry and safe’ project. • Some 56% of Southwark’s residential properties are privately owned or rented compared to the 82% national average. • Southwark aims to build 1,000 new council homes before 2020. • In 2011, 632 affordable homes were completed. Of these, 466 (74%) were social rent, 142 intermediate (22%) and 24 were affordable rent (4%), with 30% as family homes (three-bed or larger). • A forecasted 724 affordable homes will be completed in 2012-13, with 75% for social rent and 25% as intermediate housing.

“it’s not All newbuild projects. southwArk council And its pArtners Are Also creAting new homes by conserving the borough’s historic buildings” ISSUE

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A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...

Southwark #9  

A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...