South London House

  • © Gareth Gardner
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Jonathan Pile
  • © Gareth Gardner
  • © Gareth Gardner
  • ©

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Lewisham

Information about this scheme

South London House is located into a tightly constrained site behind buildings fronting Deptford High Street, a Conservation Area recently designated ‘At Risk’, in an area of Archaeological Priority, overlooking Thomas Archer’s Grade I Listed St Paul’s church. This new-build, timber-framed and clad house was designed as a self-build project as a family home and is inserted behind retained and conserved historic boundary walls, incorporated as a functioning part of the new house. The house references timber-clad houses that proliferated in Deptford in the C17th and C18th. An 1890 photograph by celebrated local photographer Thankful Sturdee of a house that once stood on this site is displayed in a small window onto the street – a critical threshold, the only point where the new house penetrates the old retained fabric. York stone and granite setts have been re-used and the threshold stone from a two-horse stable, that once stood on the site, now marks the entrance. A wildflower roof covers the two single-story flat-roofed sections, dramatically enhancing the outlook of the many dwellings overlooking the site. The pitch-roofed upper floor is clad in black-stained vertical timber boarding as a rain-screen over a liquid-applied membrane. Crossfield Street began life as ‘the Footeway to Greenwich’ on John Evelyn’s hand-drawn 1623 map of Deptford. By the 18th Century Crossfield Lane had houses the full length along both sides. Later terraces of 19th century houses were demolished in the 1970s as part of widespread slum clearances in Deptford. South London House is now the only dwelling on the street and opens directly on to it. The street and the adjoining open space immediately to the south of the church are currently the site of major construction works in connection with the Tideway Tunnel project. The house provides beneficial overlooking of a previously neglected and abused corner of Deptford. The timber framed construction was 'cut to fit' rather than prefabricated off site. The house presents a very well-considered and integrated relationship with the adjacent existing buildings, the immediate setting and is the only building in the Conservation Area cited as an example of best practice for infill and back-land development.

Credits

Client

Jonathan and Katherine Pile

Architect

Jonathan Pile Architect

Structural Engineer

Foster Structures

Services Engineer

Enhabit

Approved Building Control Inspector

Building Control Approval Ltd

Archaeologist

Pre Construct

Local Authority

Lewisham

Main Contractor

Fullers Builders Ltd

Main Contractor

Performance Foundations Ltd

Ecologist

Hone Ecology

Archaeologist

Pre-Construct

Sustainability Consultant

Carbon Plan

Energy Consultant

Energist

Geotechnical Engineer

GEA Ltd

Party Wall Surveyor

Clive Edghill MRICS

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Robert Timmons Furniture Ltd

Primary Use Class

Class C3 - Dwelling Houses