Walcot Square mews
Peter Cook
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Bathroom floor and wall tilesMosa
WashbasinsVilleroy & Boch AG
WCsRoca
Flat roof membraneSika
Sliding glazed doors to mews housesSCHÜCO
Boundary wall bricksWienerberger

Product Spec Sheet
Bathroom floor and wall tiles
by Mosa
Washbasins
WCs
by Roca
Flat roof membrane
by Sika
Sliding glazed doors to mews houses
by SCHÜCO
Boundary wall bricks

Walcot Square mews

FORMstudio as Architects

FORMstudio’s terrace of five ingeniously planned two-storey + basement split-level houses and a detached ‘garden house’ on a brownfield site of post-war garages and an adjacent land-locked walled garden in Kennington, London was commissioned by The Walcot Foundation, which exists for the relief of poverty through charitable donations.

photo_credit Peter Cook
Peter Cook

Sandwiched between a grand terrace of Georgian houses to the west and Victorian terraces to the east, the site presented significant challenges for redevelopment including its historic Conservation Area context, extensive root protection zones of existing trees, ground contamination and overlooking.

photo_credit Peter Cook
Peter Cook

The brief was to maximise the rental potential of the site and to address long term ownership requirements through detailed design and appropriate specification.  This included using durable, hard-wearing materials to reduce ongoing maintenance.

photo_credit Peter Cook
Peter Cook

The design of the brick-clad mews terrace takes its inspiration from the robust detailing and handsome proportions of the adjacent Listed 19th Century terraces.  A modest two-storey parapeted elevation addressing the Mews sits in a comfortable hierarchy of scale with them and the taller 18th century terrace. Behind this elevation a split-level section allows an additional third storey of accommodation at lower ground floor level, opening onto west-facing sunken courtyard gardens.

The garden house, located amongst mature trees and planting, terminates the mews. Green roofs minimise the visual impact. Bronze-finish perforated panels with a pattern generated from photography of sunlight through foliage corresponds with the surrounding tree canopies.

photo_credit Peter Cook
Peter Cook

Micro-piles minimise excavation and the house effectively floats above ground, allowing rainwater to percolate under the ventilated void.

This modest, well-mannered development, which is at the lowest threshold of acceptable density under London Plan guidance, met with significant orchestrated opposition from its immediate neighbours, but was supported by The Kennington Oval & Vauxhall Forum, and was granted approval by Lambeth Council, describing it as "an innovative design solution, which responds to its context and should integrate comfortably with existing development."

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