Client: Crest Nicholson, Addition
Location: London, UK
Status: Completed 2017
Planning Consultant: DP9
Structural and Civil Engineer: Reuby & Stagg
M&E: Couch Perry Wilkes
Energy Assessor: Hodkinson Consultancy
Fire Consultant: BB7
Townscape Consultant: KM Heritage
Delivery Architect: Saunders Architects
Melior Street is a residential-led mixed use development located within the Bermondsey Conservation Area and adjacent to Borough Market. The development comprises 37 residential units – a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with private amenity space in the form of balconies and roof terraces – of which 28 are private and 9 are affordable. 4 commercial units at ground level and improvements to the Manna Centre for homeless people and Church facilities form part of the scheme.
The project adds to the diversity and distinctiveness of the townscape by retaining elements of better quality and removing buildings of little merit – thereby mediating between the Conservation Area to the South and tall buildings to the North and West.
The plan of the scheme has been shaped by the constraints of the existing urban surroundings whilst cleverly maintaining a rational and well planned residential layout. Routes into the centre of the site, meanwhile, reflect the tight knit, narrow grain of the historic city. The development is mixed use in its programme and seeks to knit into the surroundings with active ground floor retail and commercial units enlivening the street frontages. Separate cores for the private and affordable apartments on upper levels add further activation and the high level of quality which is inherent in the private external space extends to areas which are accessible by the public.
The objective of this project was to deliver a building which will contribute to the revitalisation of the area, whilst creating much needed high quality mixed tenure housing. The density of development here could only be achieved through the delivery of a building of demonstrable architectural quality and the sensitive approach to the design and the ultimate delivery of that design has achieved that.
The project achieves Code Sustainable Homes Level 4, and BREAAM ‘Very Good’ for the non-residential parts of the development.