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Affordable housing on Glengall Road

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Glengall Road, Southwark in London

A mixed-use development, designed to provide affordable housing on Glengall Road, Southwark in London, continues to take shape.

The new development – being implemented by Family Mosaic – is being delivered by Design & Build contractor Mulalley & Company Ltd.

The 64 homes on the scheme comprise a mix of private sale, shared ownership and affordable rented accommodation, whilst commercial space is located on the ground levels of the development. The homes range in size, from one-bedroom flats to four-bed maisonettes with gardens.

Levitt Bernstein was the initial architectural practice on the scheme, taking the project through to planning consent. Discussing the scheme, Levitt Bernstein Director, Irene Craik, said:

“The development is situated on a prominent corner site, facing on to Old Kent Road and a part of Burgess Park. We have marked this important corner by taking the building up to eight storeys, whilst on the other side of the development we have dropped the height down to remain in keeping with a series of adjacent listed Victorian villas.”

Although Levitt Bernstein is no longer involved with the scheme, the Glengall Road development is viewed as an important project by the practice.

Irene said:

“The development on Glengall Road is an important scheme for the local area and will dramatically improve what was formerly a rundown garage, providing much needed affordable housing.”

Irene added:

“We are also working on a number of other schemes in the area, including the Aylesbury Estate, not far from Glengall Road. Our aim is to create well designed, lasting homes for local people and that’s exactly what is taking place right now in Southwark.”

Sedgehill Ecology Services were involved with the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) assessment on the Glengall Road project. CfSH is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes based on BRE Global’s EchoHomes scheme.

Sedgehill Ecology Services Consultant Ecologist, Patricia Vaux, said:

“I have been practising as an ecologist for over 9 years, specialising in habitat and protected species surveys (bats, badgers, gcn, water vole, reptiles, birds) as well as management plans, impact assessments and CfSH and BREEAM ecology assessments.

“On the Glengall Road project I came on board for the CfSH assessment. The ecology assessment for CfSH (Eco 1- Eco 4) determines what and how ecology features can be retained and protected and also how to enhance the overall ecology of the site following the development.

“The Glengall Road project was mostly hardstanding with small pockets of tall ruderals and was considered to be of low ecological value under Eco 1. The site is located within the highly urban area of Southwark and presented a challenge as I had to ensure the ecological enhancements fit within the surrounding landscape.  The site was enhanced by native wildlife planting, placement of house sparrow (A London BAP priority species) and insect boxes on site. A total of 5 out of 7 credits were available under Eco 1 – Eco 4 assessment.”

Family Mosaic provides good quality, affordable housing to rent and buy, in addition to care and support services in London, Essex and the Southeast. Family Mosaic has approximately 24,000 homes in its portfolio and serves more than 45,000 people.

Last year, Family Mosaic launched its Health, Wealth and Wellbeing manifesto, which sets out its five key commitments. The manifesto promises to support 1,000 people to get back into employment within five years; to save the NHS £3 million a year; to guarantee low rent for families for five years; to enable 500 existing tenants to buy a new home within three years; and to invest £5 million into care and support services.

For more information about Family Mosaic, please visit: www.familymosaic.co.uk.

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