The development on Penarth Street is conceived as three buildings linked by a commercial base that covers the majority of the site. The blocks vary in height between 7 and 9 stories. Blocks A and B house an innovative mix of co-living accommodation, with Block C affordable housing. All three are situated above commercial and light industrial use spaces at Ground and Mezzanine levels.
The proposed structure is a series of RC frames with flat slabs, to offer straightforward coordination for services within ceiling voids, while maximising available ceiling heights. This structural approach also ensures it is as adaptable as possible for future change of use or change of layouts. Circulation spaces are formed as reinforced concrete cores that are also used for stability.
Extensive surface water harvesting is achieved by using blue roofs to limit the discharge from the site and stress on the local sewer infrastructure to previously agreed limits with Thames Water.
Lyons O’Neil are providing the civil and structural services on the project.