Realising Value

Foundry Mews

The redevelopment of an redundant car park in Walthamstow demonstrates how it’s possible to deliver a broad mix of affordable homes across a range of tenures even on sites with challenging constraints.

This scheme provides a broad mix of housing types and tenures, including four family mews houses, two family duplexes, and six flats – all for sale under shared ownership – plus a further nine single-occupancy assisted living apartments for adults with learning difficulties. The development was a joint venture between East Thames Housing Group and London Borough of Waltham Forest.

With a very tight deadline to achieve completion of the scheme – due to funding obligations from the Greater London Authority – East Thames appointed RCKa in the knowledge that we had considerable experience in unlocking complex urban sites and would be able to progress a scheme quickly and efficient which met their joint development objectives. We were able to achieve a viable planning scheme in 10 weeks – which was then approved within a further eight weeks – well within the programme set by the funding body.

Reconciling the myriad site constraints was a particular challenge, but despite these the completed scheme manages to achieve both a viable quantum of development whilst maintaining a layout which encourages a sense of ownership and community; a satisfying combination of private, semi-private and public space centred around a south-facing courtyard that encourages neighbourly interaction, security through passive surveillance and inclusion. Every home within the development benefits from dual-aspect orientation ensuring excellent natural daylight and long views of the buildings beyond. All flats, regardless of tenure, are accessed from a shared south-facing gallery which encourages neighbourliness and interaction.

Client: East Thames Group
Construction Value: £4.5m
Location: Walthamstow, London