Bond Mansions
Catalyst
 
 
The new face of affordable housing
Bond Mansions acts as a local catalyst, setting a high bar for considered and crafted architecture, providing much needed high quality, sought after homes in this iconic neighbourhood.
Photography by Toby Mitchell
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Bond Mansions is standalone building within the Portobello Square masterplan. Making use of a challenging brown-field site, Bond Mansions creates a distinctive backdrop to a new London Park, setting the tone for this emerging neighbourhood.
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Whilst being home to a strong community, the existing building Pepler House has proved to be no longer fit for purpose, falling well below acceptable standards for homes in the UK. Existing residents were provided with new built homes elsewhere within the neighbourhood, to free up this linear brownfield site for additional new high-quality and well designed homes, almost 70% of which are social rent.

We held extensive consultations with existing residents and local groups including hands-on workshops, study visits, workplace visits and open days for local people. Our approach won the support of residents and local people and has gone on to build strong community relationships, with the majority of current residents planning to remain.
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“I was a bit sceptical about it at first. I wasn’t sure if the architects would actually take our thoughts into account, but to be fair to them they really have done their best to listen to our opinions. It’s great to be part of the process that’s designing our new homes.”
 
Shaip | Wornington Green resident
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Bond Mansions is a polite and complimentary response to the existing street. We channelled the traditional typology of homes, with front gardens and front doors. Green defensible space provides an attractive edge, whilst the numerous front doors create an interactive and safe environment, with lots of overlooking from the balconies and living spaces. The result is a contemporary, calm and rigorous design of classic proportions.
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