dRMM’s Trafalgar Place has been awarded Development of the Year at the British Home Awards. The awards recognise the talent, effort and innovation of architects, designers, housebuilders, developers and affordable housing providers, and celebrate the quality of the homes and communities they create.
They showcase the best in design to industry and consumers, and are judged by an independent panel of designers, developers and industry experts.
Trafalgar Place is a flagship housing project in the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle. Made up of 235 high-quality homes, the project transforms the built environment whilst respecting the history of neighbouring buildings.
AN OPEN GREEN LANDSCAPE
The transformation of the former Heygate Estate enriches the qualities of the area, creating a thriving, desirable place to live, work and visit. Separate buildings are integrated within an open green landscape characterised by mature trees and diverse new planting. A new public realm within the historic fabric of the neighbourhood is created.
A LAYOUT THAT RECONNECTS THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
The plot layout reconnects the dislocated adjacent neighbourhoods that were previously fractured by the elevated walkways and monolithic blocks of the Heygate Estate. The careful retention of 25 mature London Plane trees serves as a positive memory of the former estate and now frames character landscapes designed by Grant Associates. A new public street has been created through the scheme, along with an internal private landscaped courtyard – a community space for residents to cultivate food and neighbourliness.
CREATED IN CONSULTATION WITH LOCALS
The scheme was designed and developed in consultation with Southwark Council and local residents. The massing and height of the buildings provides the required density with a variety of scale and form; a mixture of mini-tower, apartment buildings and terraced houses. The forms are simple, prioritising interior space and spaces between buildings. Apartments are mainly dual aspect and designed to maximise natural daylight, ventilation and views.
SMART AND MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION
Two of the buildings at Trafalgar Place are made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and demonstrate dRMM’s commitment to environmentally smart modern construction. This is the first completed residential development for Lendlease in the UK using this form of construction, a prototype for the masterplan. Windows and balconies are large and of high quality. The polychromatic brickwork employed throughout the scheme incorporates expressive detail, articulating windows, walls and corners.
For further information
Please go to the Trafalgar Place project page for more details and a full list of project team credits.