Entry type: Project

Number/street name: Land bounded by Ruby Street, Murdock Street and 685-695 Old Kent Road.

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City: London

Postcode: SE15 1JS

Architect: MaccreanorLavington

Architect contact number: 02073367353

Developer: Acorn Commercial Limited.

Planning Authority: London Borough of Southwark

Planning Reference: 18/AP/0196

Date of Completion:

Schedule of Accommodation: 36 1bed flat, 52 2bed flat, 23 3bed flat, 2260 sqm Workspace Provision and 1151 sqm Church & Community Uses

Tenure Mix: 36.2% affordable by habitable rooms - 25.4% social rented homes and 10.8% intermediate

Total number of homes: 111

Site size (hectares): 0.158

Net Density (homes per hectare): 633

Size of principal unit (sq m): 82

Smallest Unit (sq m): 50

Largest unit (sq m):

No of parking spaces: 2 accessible spaces

Planning History:
The scheme was submitted for planning in April 2018 granted planning permission in October 2019. A positive pre-application process was carried out with the Local Authority which resulted in the scheme massing being adopted into the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan prior to submission. The application was revised during the submission process to incorporate design changes and material changes made to the proposal following comments received from Southwark and the GLA. This included the proposed affordable tenure changing from discount market rent to social rent and shared ownership, achieving 70% and 30% respectively.

Description of the design:
A three-storey plinth responds to the scale of lower existing buildings. 890sqm of Communal amenity and playspace is provided on roof terraces at third, seventh and twenty first floor. The top floor of the building has an accessible terrace providing external communal amenity space, external play-space as well as two internal communal rooms for residents use. The terrace is protected by a storey high facade with multiple openings which follow the rhythm of windows to flats on levels below. An approach has been taken is to minimise the circulation space within each flat with a view to maximising the area of the living/dining spaces. As a result, many of the proposed flat typologies have living/dining spaces which far exceed minimum guidelines and are capable of accommodating additional or large pieces of furniture such as desks and storage for a home office. All balconies / wintergardens to the two-bed and three-bed units are re-cessed, except where large private roof The proposal provides a robust masonry building that responds to the existing and emerging character of the Old Kent Road. Lower levels are articulated with a rich combination of stepping brickwork piers, decorative spandrel panels and pre-cast concrete banding. Deep, sloping pre-cast sills at ground floor provide a robust plinth to the building with raised sills to the retail units and church foyer. Upper levels along are characterised by horizontal format windows to take advantage of long views and are combined with horizontal banding in light coloured brickwork. The brickwork is a strongly variegated mix. The selected brick is a hard engineering brick with strong engobing to add texture, colour and variety. A predominantly red blend is combined with a contrasting buff/yellow blend to accent details, banding, window reveals and to and to articulate the top of the building.

Choose a few key elements you want to promote:
Provision of over 2000sqm of light industrial and flexible workspace, retail and café uses and the reprovision of an existing church and community facility. Over 36% tenure blind affordable provision




  • High rise
  • High density
  • Medium density
  • Low density
  • Compact


  • Affordable
  • Mixed Use


  • Custom build
  • Urban Infill


  • Brickwork
  • Traditional
  • New London Vernacular


  • Low Carbon
  • Low Energy

Outdoor areas

  • Roof Gardens
  • Roof Terrace

Surrounding Area

  • Communal Spaces
  • Community Buildings
  • Play Spaces




Yes /No

Further Details

Building for a Healthy Life


Building with Nature


Home Quality Mark


Up Front Carbon Assessment


Circular Economy Assessment Plan


Community Impact (Social Value)


Well/BREEAM (for mixed-use schemes)


Post Occupancy Evaluation


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