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Number/street name:
South Lambeth Road

Address line 2:



Allies and Morrison

Architect contact number:
020 7921 0100

Mount Anvil Ltd / BT Telecomunications.

Planning Authority:
London Borough of Lambeth

Planning Reference:
Phase 1: 13/03935/OUT / Phase 2: 17/05311/EIAFUL

Date of Completion:

Schedule of Accommodation:
Phase 1: 46 x studios / 176 x 1 bed units / 197 x 2 bed units / 54 x 3 bed units = 473 homes / Phase 2: 12 x studios / 74 x 1 bed units / 33 x 2 bed units / 6 x 3 bed units = 125 homes

Tenure Mix:
Phase 1: 95% Private / 2.5% Affordable / 2.5% Shared

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No of parking spaces:
Phase 1: 115 / Phase 2: 6

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Planning History

The planning application for Phase 1 was submitted in August 2013 and permission granted in January 2014. Pre-application discussions were regularly held with the local authority during the development of the scheme. The approach and urban design strategy received significant support and the tall buildings on the site were not considered contentious
The second phase was submitted as a separate Planning Application to LB Lambeth in October 2017 with the officer’s recommendation for approval being approved on 20 March 2018. The submitted application was subject to detailed discussions and consultation with the Council’s officer and members; the Wyvil Primary School;

The Design Process

Keybridge is a compact urban development delivered over two phases: Phase One establishes the majority of residential buildings. Two red brick contemporary mansion blocks present a strong edge to South Lambeth Road, their rooftops enlivened with white terracotta penthouses, with shops and restaurants at ground floor.
On Wyvil Road, a terrace of duplex homes with flats above provide 10 affordable housing units. Its scale, character and materiality relate closely to earlier examples of housing in the area..
Finally, two tall buildings of 22 and 36 stories, march along the train viaducts. These towers are connected by two lower floors of commercial uses, following the scale of the archways opposite. The height, scale and form establishes a transition between the grain and character of the conservation area to the east and the emergent cluster of tall buildings of the VNEB area.
Phase Two develops the contextually rich architectural language and character. -A hybrid building with an efficient and logical plan, successfully negotiates between the requirements of the building’s upper residential floors (level 2–18) and space for a much-needed new school building, with 360 new pupil expansion for Wyvil Primary School across the street.
Keybridge is a complex urban ensemble with a variety of typologies and uses: from new mansion blocks, a terraced scaled building, three residential towers, but also a school, workspace and new public spaces. These new buildings join the existing pub and the St Ann’s Church, into an integrated new piece of city. The architecture engages with the local context and vernacular to introduce an innovative mix of building forms and scales on a tight site whilst providing a set of public spaces and new connections – characterful buildings at high density with pockets of carefully conceived public and private green spaces, framing picturesque views and vistas.

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• Keybridge’s architecture: a typological ensemble, mixing traditional typologies like Mansion blocks with new ones like tall buildings, sensitively into the existing historic fabric.
• The project combines high density with great openness. A third of the site is open, public space.
• Truly mix use: workspace, residential uses, a school, retail and then bringing into the composition a existing pub and a existing church.
• Provides space for a much-needed extension for the local school with new classrooms, play space, large multipurpose hall and ancillary spaces incorporated into a hybrid building.

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Scheme Information


  • Multi-Aspect Apartments
  • Maisonettes
  • Mansion Block
  • Terrace
  • Town house


  • High rise
  • High density
  • Compact


  • Affordable
  • Private Ownership
  • Shared Ownership
  • Mixed Tenure
  • Mixed Use


  • Community Consultation
  • Urban Infill
  • Urban Regeneration


  • Brickwork
  • Local Vernacular
  • New London Vernacular


  • Managing water use and run off (eg SuDS or water recycling)
  • Embodied energy in construction
  • Building energy in use (any target above Regs)
  • Biodiversity (eg Building with Nature)
  • Car usage or Active Travel (inc Building for a Healthy Life)

Outdoor areas

  • Private Terraces
  • Garden

Surrounding Area

  • Communal Spaces
  • Play Spaces
  • Public open space


The Keybridge project engages with sustainability on several levels. Firstly, it is a compact, high density development that is able to accommodate a significant amount of housing (XX units) in a highly efficient model. Secondly, there is a cultural sustainability dimension in that the buildings are very much of their place, designed to fit in with their historic London context, and in so doing, stand the text of time. Thirdly, the provision of public spaces, of various scales and forms, promotes the wellbeing of residents and the local community. Indeed, half of the scheme is public open space. Furthermore, an array of sustainability features have been incorporated into the development such as rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation, a green root in the ancillary building to promote biodiversity, an array of PV cells to the roofs and the provision of mixed recycling facilities. The project achieves a BREEAM Very Good rating.