Wyndham Road, London SE5
A development of 53 flats, with a mixed tenure of affordable home buy, intermediate key worker and affordable rent, together with 3 retail shells.
Client Metropolitan Housing Trust
Contractor Durkan Ltd
Architect Steven Davy Peter Smiths Architects
Contract Sum £6.3m
Eco/Code Very Good
The site was a disused petrol filling station latterly used as a lorry dismantling and storage yard. As such, remediation included the removal of redundant storage tanks, pipe work and ground restoration before a validation statement acceptable to both the local authority and the Environment Agency could be issued.
Access to the site was extremely restricted as it was next to a railway viaduct with several active businesses beneath the arches. It required crane over-sailing and construction materials had to be loaded directly into the building on delivery.
As employer’s agent and CDM Coordinator, Churchill Hui’s involvement started prior to planning. This enabled us to provide input on the design, which resulted in an improved layout to suit our client’s specific requirements. This was a key contribution prior to the planning application.
Throughout the process, we ensured that the integrity of the design concept was maintained and construction costs minimised without affecting the quality of the scheme. Features included a Sedum Roof, which was initially designed for wind turbines, although this particular element was not implemented.
The finished building was well laid out and constructed and achieved a ‘Very Good’ EcoHomes rating. Eighteen months on, this multi-tenured residential development looks as good internally and externally as the day the units were handed over.