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Wolfson House

24 new build affordable houses that match the Georgian splender of neighbouring properties.


The Wolfson House development in Pimlico in London has been selected as one of Inside Housing’s Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments for 2014. The scheme, for client Sanctuary Group, also achieved Exemplar status in the Top Five Small Developments category.

Tully De’Ath provided civil and structural design services on the project which was completed in spring 2013, delivering 24 affordable apartments with 17 for target rent and the remaining seven for shared ownership. The £5.3m scheme includes £2m grant investment from the Greater London Authority and Homes and Communities Agency.

The redevelopment of Wolfson House was a challenge. While the land was owned by Sanctuary Group, the project involved the decant and demolition of an existing sheltered housing scheme, which required sensitive handling with extensive consultation and the support of many partners, including other housing associations operating in Westminster.

The façade of the building was sensitively designed to reflect the Georgian splendour and historical heritage of the surrounding properties while the interior is more contemporary in style. Architects KCA designed optimum living space with unusually generous space standards for central London homes, a large communal garden and secure bike storage. The Georgian façade was recreated using traditional materials and a ‘sesame lift’ at the stepped porch entrance enabled level access into Wolfson House for wheelchair users and the less mobile.

A high prioriy was given to energy efficiency and affordability, with affordable central heating throughout, hot water provided by a connection to the Pimlico District Heating System, photovoltaic cells on the roof and the use of motion sensors, light wells and windows in the communal areas to lower lighting costs.

The scheme achieved Secured by Design, Lifetime Homes, a high Building for Life score (19 out of 20) and Code for Sustainable Homes – Level 4, while all the apartments met the London Housing Design Guide Standard, with three complying with the wheelchair standard.

Tully De’Ath have been appointed by East Thames to undertake Masterplanning services on the proposed redevelopment of Bromley by Bow.

The aim of the development is to replace derelict and under-utilized industrial space with a high quality mixed use development. As well as providing a range of new employment space, the scheme will create an attractive and accessible riverside environment.

Wolfson House Project Details

Client
Sanctuary Group / Kier


Architect
KCA


Contract Value
£5.3m


Stage
Completed


Awards

IHTop50-S

Top 50 UK Affordable Housing