Waugh Thistleton gets green light for timber social housing scheme in Lewisham

Kenton Court will be Lewisham Homes’ first modular construction timber housing development

Waugh Thistleton Architects has secured planning permission from Lewisham Council for an innovative social housing scheme on a small site in south London.

The 25-home Kenton Court scheme for housing provider Lewisham Homes will be built entirely out of engineered timber and constructed offsite using cutting-edge manufacturing technology.

The scheme, which is 100% social rent, is part of the local authority and Lewisham Homes’ borough-wide New Homes, Better Places programme, which will see the development of 500 homes for social rent.

Kenton Court will be the first modular cross-laminated timber (CLT) building developed by Lewisham Homes.

Andrew Waugh, director at Waugh Thistleton, said:

“We are very excited to be delivering Lewisham Homes’ first CLT modular housing scheme. This scheme is an innovative use of a small site in south London that will deliver highly sustainable social homes for the people of Lewisham.

“Building homes offsite speeds up delivery and reduces the impact of construction on the local area. Homes constructed out of engineered timber, using cutting edge technology, are of a higher quality than those built using standard construction techniques, are better for the environment, as timber is a renewable resource and stores carbon, and are quieter and more energy efficient.”

Maximising the potential of small sites for housing is a key part of the Mayor of London’s Draft London Plan, published this month, which set out a target for 24,500 homes to be built on small sites each year in London.

Kenton Court consists predominantly of family homes, with a range of housing types including duplexes, flats and wheel chair accessible homes, arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

The site, in a residential area of Sydenham, is currently occupied by a vacant three-storey building containing predominantly studio apartments that was previously used as a residential care facility. The building was deemed unsuitable for residential care and was decommissioned in 2014.

The former care facility has been replaced by new build extra care facilities elsewhere in the borough and will be demolished to make way for the new council homes.