Metropolitan Workshop gets green light for infill homes on 1920s Lewisham estate


Supported by resident-led housing association Phoenix Community Housing, the 2,157 sqm affordable family apartment scheme will replace a four-house terrace.

The development was designed in conjunction with specialist engineers from Etude to Passivhaus standards “to prepare the estate for a zero-carbon future and reduce energy bills for future residents”.

Bellingham Estate is one of the few remaining estates in London influenced by arts and crafts and was designed and built by London County Council after the First World War to relieve congestion in the city centre.

According to the practice, the Farmstead Road project aims to celebrate the “strong symmetry and playful geometries, articulated with the expressed brickwork” of the existing estate: “The mansard clay-tiled roof echoes the form of the villa’s apartments neighbor, and the scalloped balustrades of the terraces are a nod to the local brick arcades.

Metropolitan Workshop, which has offices in London and Dublin, added: “The discreet butterfly villa at the rear adopts an angled form to respond to the symmetries of the estate’s layout, maintaining the geometric integrity of the master plan of original suburb and protecting neighboring properties from direct view.

“The central entrance leads to a gallery access system, flanked by a fluted brick elevator and stair towers.”

Lesley Johnson of client Phoenix Community Housing said: “The design [has] made great use of available land and famous Bellingham and the original 1920s vision of ‘homes for heroes’.

Work is expected to begin on site in December.

Project data

Location BellinghamLewisham
local authority Lewisham
Project type affordable housing
Customer Phoenix housing
Architect Metropolitan Workshop
Landscape architect READ
Planning Advisor BPTW
structural engineer Alan Baxter
M&E consultant Max Fordham
lead designer Rapper Potter
Main contractor N / A
Funding TBC but will be funded through Phoenix and GLA grant
Date of submission July 2022
Start on site December 2022
Completion Estimate November 2024
Gross interior floor area m² 2,157m²

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