Old Kent Road
Clarion Housing Group and the London Borough of Southwark
Architecture
 
The scheme will create 24 new homes – 13 council and 11 private – on a former petrol station site owned by Southwark Council at the junction of Penry Street and Old Kent
Road, London SE1. The site is currently vacant. Three retail units will also be included as part of the design approach which aims to repair a ‘gap’ in the fabric of the prevailing commercial facades of Old Kent Road at street level, the result of WW2 bomb damage.

The design will deliver an attractive contemporary development on a site covering just 0.1 hectares, restoring the streetscape and responding to the wider context of the area.
The new building will step between three storeys high – where it meets existing buildings along Penry Street – and four and five storeys along Old Kent Road, while being sensitive to neighbouring properties, particularly those along Marcia Road to the rear of the building.
 
The design of the three and four-storey elements – faced with London Stock bricks – is sensitive to the urban grain of the area. The bolder, distinctive five-storey corner treatment will provide a more contemporary façade of dark bricks, incorporating a chamfered setback at street level. The depth and proportion of window openings along Old Kent Road will be in keeping with the vertically-aligned, early Victorian-style windows which are characteristic of the area. Overall, the design seeks to respect existing building lines and the rhythm, proportions and materiality of adjacent buildings.
The scheme will create 24 new homes – 13 council and 11 private – on a former petrol station site owned by Southwark Council at the junction of Penry Street and Old Kent
Road, London SE1. The site is currently vacant. Three retail units will also be included as part of the design approach which aims to repair a ‘gap’ in the fabric of the prevailing commercial facades of Old Kent Road at street level, the result of WW2 bomb damage.

The design will deliver an attractive contemporary development on a site covering just 0.1 hectares, restoring the streetscape and responding to the wider context of the area.
The new building will step between three storeys high – where it meets existing buildings along Penry Street – and four and five storeys along Old Kent Road, while being sensitive to neighbouring properties, particularly those along Marcia Road to the rear of the building.
 
The design of the three and four-storey elements – faced with London Stock bricks – is sensitive to the urban grain of the area. The bolder, distinctive five-storey corner treatment will provide a more contemporary façade of dark bricks, incorporating a chamfered setback at street level. The depth and proportion of window openings along Old Kent Road will be in keeping with the vertically-aligned, early Victorian-style windows which are characteristic of the area. Overall, the design seeks to respect existing building lines and the rhythm, proportions and materiality of adjacent buildings.
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