Mapleton Crescent

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Wandsworth

Information about this scheme

The slender tower in Wandsworth Town Centre has 89 homes, of which 53 are earmarked for local Londoners and includes a mixture of 60% affordable and 40% market value homes. It occupies a constrained triangular site that backs onto the River Wandle and Southside Shopping Centre. The design of the one and two-bedroom homes reflects young Londoners’ prioritisation of location over space, while complying with the Greater London Authority’s space standard guidelines. Communal amenity spaces including terraces, lounge and bike storage for residents provide additional shared convivial areas to the compact apartments. The building’s striking sawtooth design, cladding, frameless glass and canopies creates a strong character that has a positive impact on the streetscape, while also enriching the local public realm. The tower is clad in aqua green bespoke terracotta which reflects changing daylight conditions and responds to the River Wandle that runs alongside. The façade features three different kinds of tiles – ribbed, micro-ribbed and pleated that provides a sense of depth and texture to the tall tower, while the entrance lobby is spacious and durable with elements of the external faience continued internally. The scheme arranges 3 river-facing homes and 2 south-facing homes per floor around the central triangular core with naturally lit and ventilated corridors on all 3 sides. The remaining side to the road contains lifts and is significantly higher than the other 25 and 27 storey parts. The staircase provides a unique connection through the entire slender core, up to the roof light at the peak. The tight triangle site was heavily constrained by a culvert, primary electricity substation and existing river wall. The single core solution allows a small effective footprint and shared resident lift and stairwell, a first for London. Above the ground floor and communal entrance, a structural platform was created surrounding the stair core. All of the modular units for the apartments, which incorporate their own structure, were craned onto this platform, increasing speed of construction over traditional methods. The tower’s core was finished in six weeks, with the modular units being craned in at a peak rate of one floor per day.

Credits

Architect

Metropolitan Workshop

Client

Pocket Living

Planner

Wandsworth Borough Council

Main Contractor

Donban Contracting UK

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses