Levitt Bernstein working with Higgins contractors, were commissioned to design and construct 59 new homes at Sutherland Road, as part of the East Thames development of Walthamstow in Greater London.
The scheme provides a mixture of affordable housing tenures, communal gardens and space for a new GP surgery (run by a group of local doctors), which is all tied together with a fun and functional landscape.
The site was previously occupied by light industrial buildings at various stages of dilapidation and sat between warehouses, which are now being run as workshops and typical London Victorian houses.
It was a challenge for the architects to mediate sensitivity between these contrasting uses. But the pillar-box red metal cladding of the Mews houses offer and unimposing industrial edge to the otherwise conservative houses.
The cladding was formed from the Cadisch MDA Welltec range and finished in a warm red powder coat. The steep-set gable roofs provide an iconic feature that is sympathetic to the industrial roofscape of the surrounding buildings.
Project Architect Alexis Kalli from Levitt Bernstein commented: "The changing roof profiles from the taller brick blocks to the mews houses change to reflect their immediate neighbours around the site.”
“The red Welltec cladding gives the scheme a real identity and the snippets of views you get of the courtyard Mews houses from passing along the street provide a real point of intrigue and pride among residents.
During the process Kalli said that “the system was easy to design and install making it a lot easier to get a good finish to the end result.
“The project works in terms of breaking up what could be perceived as quite a dense scheme. By varying materials and considering the constraints around the site this has helped to give each block an identity and we think this will engender a community spirit, which would be difficult to achieve with a more homogenised scheme.”
The development has been nominated for a Housing Design Award and a RIBA London Award (Cadisch MDA have several projects shortlisted for a RIBA London Award: click here to view the full list).