Approved for its exemplary design
Panter Hudspith Architects for Affinity Sutton Homes
Contract value: £12.2m
Royal Road provides 96 affordable homes in Elephant & Castle, including 20% shared ownership homes. Although the development was over the recommended density threshold at 788hr/ha, it was approved for its exemplary design. The plan consists of four open-air cores, ranging in height from four to nine storeys.
This is an ambitious housing project that sets an important precedent for the quality and diversity of units that can be achieved in social housing. Each flat has its own identity with a different orientation, plan and exterior, contributing to a sense of individuality.
A remarkable level of thought has gone into design and detailing. This has allowed fine qualities to survive a challenging procurement and cost environment. The site strategy works around existing mature trees, drawing the massing back from the road and giving a series of shared gardens around the street edge. Photovoltaic panels and a communal combined heat and power unit meet 20% of the site’s energy demand.