ColladoCollins wins planning for mixed-use scheme on New Kent Road
Unanimous approval for scheme featuring 81 residential units and 21,000 sq/ft of commercial space on former Kwik Fit site in Elephant and Castle.
23 July 2018
The design of the scheme comprises three buildings ranging in scale from 4 to 13 storeys, with the taller part addressing the New Kent Road and the lower parts sitting alongside smaller buildings on Munton Road and Victory Park.
The architecture responds to the nearby historical buildings, reconnecting this new urban block with its surroundings. The lower of the two buildings facing New Kent Road, features a slightly darker brick facade, similarly to the neighbouring Driscoll House and with horizontal detailing and window proportions that are clearly referential. The taller of the buildings is created through a shift in the plan, which allows for slender expression. The brick used here is lighter, almost white, and the detailing intended to give a gentle, more vertical emphasis.
The scheme improves the site’s contribution to the local area through the provision of new employment space and new residential dwellings (35% of which are affordable), all based upon a public realm strategy that both enhances the street scene as well as better connects people and places through and around the site.
The redevelopment of this site is the result of working closely with officers at the London Borough of Southwark and the GLA to find a solution that sits comfortably within the existing and emerging context, encompassing different scales and very varied character.
As a developer, we are keen to ensure that any of our schemes contribute positively to the local area, and the proposals designed by ColladoCollins do exactly that. Not only does the scheme provide a significant level of much needed affordable housing for the area, but the design of the building was described as exemplar by officers, and received unanimous support from members. Well done to all involved in this exciting project.”