38-44 Rye Lane Southwark

8 January 2018 : Keith Williams Architects’ Peckham development approved by Southwark Council

Keith Williams Architects’ residential led project on Rye Lane, Peckham for developer Reality Holdings,  has been unanimously approved by Southwark Council’s planning sub-committee.

The project will deliver 716 m2 of retail floor space with 27 residential units above in a development totalling circa 3,000 m2 in area.  The new building will replace a dilapidated 3 storey 1960s converted office building on an important corner site in the heart of Peckham’s vibrant Rye Lane, one of the most aesthetically varied, and culturally mixed streets in London

Set within the Rye Lane Conservation Area, the new building transitions in scale from the two storey C19th housing on Highshore Road, to a height of six storeys as the building faces onto Rye Lane itself, at a scale similar to some of the grander former department stores and bank buildings, a number of which still punctuate the street scene.

The double height columnar treatment to the main façade gives a vertical more elegant emphasis to the composition, and whilst the main Rye Lane façade is continuous to give a civic scale to the main street, the same elevational rhythm is further subdivided before dropping in scale to respond to finer architectural grain of Highshore Road.

Facing materials include red brick surmounted by polished aluminium cladding to the sixth storey rooftop pavilion.

Keith Williams stated..” I am very pleased that Southwark have finally been able to approve this project. Whilst perhaps modest in scale the building will occupy a very prominent site on Rye Lane. The project will help contribute to the ongoing regeneration of this vibrant area providing much needed housing within an appropriately crafted new building, which we have carefully conceived in response to its immediate and wider architectural context.”

See also articles in : Building Design; The Architects Journal and World Architecture News

8 January 2018