Weston Street, London SE1
About The Development
The Weston street scheme is the pinnacle of 10 years worth of design evolution. It was designed by Stirling Prize winning architect Simon Allford (director of AHMM) and developed by multi-award winning developer Solidspace. Influenced by its neighbouring buildings, the scheme has a modern and minimalist aesthetics and draws inspiration from the surrounding historic warehouses with its brick finish. The 8 tessellating Solidspace apartments face south over the neighbouring park and conservation area. Each apartment is meticulously designed with high quality finishes which includes oak parquet flooring, exposed marked concrete. It also features bedrooms laid out over half levels and the Solidspace trademark which includes double height spaces.
About the developer
Solidspace is an independent developer, founded by architect Roger Zogolovitch, that produces bespoke, site-specific and meticulously designed projects. Working on small backland sites, Solidspace unlocks the potential of these lands, many of which are overlooked, to create homes that are customised for the inhabitants yet embrace their locale.
All of their developments are driven by light, volume and character, which is why it employs the unique Solidspace DNA, which is their trademark design. The Solidspace concept allows space for living, eating and sleeping over an open series of half levels. It was designed to make full use of both volume and light, which in turn, produces spacious, atmospheric homes that are flooded with natural light by taking out unnecessary walls. By employing half levels, the stairs double up as corridors, creating a double-height void.
Solidspace believes that it is small and medium-sized developments that will make a difference to cities today. They are campaigning for the recognition of independent developments where architects, self-builders and small developers should be given the opportunity and freedom to design creatively.
About the Architect
As the director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), Simon Allford explores the potential of architecture to offer aesthetics, in addition to being functional, to clients. Simon Allford describes the company’s approach as practical and pragmatic. Innovation at the firm is as much about being smart and doing things better as it is about finding new things to do.
In addition to his role as a director at AHMM, Simon is Chairman of the Architecture Foundation, a trustee of the Architecture Association Foundation, a visiting professor at The Bartlett and GSD Harvard. He was recently Vice President for Education at RIBA and a Chair of Design Review at CABE.
Press and Awards
- AHMM showcased at the 2014 Biennale Architettura in Venice as part of 'Time Space Existence' at Palazzo Bembo.
- AHMM has received international praise as the Chicago Athenaeum selected the AHMM’s AEP Fitness Centre for an American Architectural Award.
- Burntwood School, designed by AHMM won the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.
- AHMM was named the Architectural Practice of the Year in 2013.
- Weston Street was shortlisted for the WAF Future Project Residential 2016.
With the array of practicality studies produced, and the planning and development consults provided by AZ Urban Studio, it was then decided by the client that part of the estate should be redeveloped to fabricate a high density mixed use scheme. This is done to utilise the potential of the highly accessible location.
Planning permission was approved by the London Borough of Southwark in 2014 and construction started in June 2015. With the creative design of AHMM architects that responds to the sensitive context of the site by presenting a reinterpretation of the traditional warehouse, AZ Urban Studio led the way for the preparation and submission of a full planning application. As a result, the redevelopment of the building now responds to the site by acting as an interface between the Bermondsey Street conservation area and the more functional townscape.
Impervious to the hustle and bustle of the city, Bermondsey has adopted the character of a garden suburb. The area is home to many incredible parks, gardens and buildings. Not only does its central location make it convenient for people working in the city, Bermondsey is also a magnet for foodies and culture seekers. The juxtaposition of the gentrified and original areas may be unpleasant to some, but others believe that the contrast gives the area its eccentric charm. The neighbourhood is also popular amongst the younger creative crowd. The area is well served by buses and trains, but most people find joy in the morning walk over the London Bridge or Tower Bridge.
London Bridge spanning the River Thames has undergone tremendous amounts of changes. What started as a timber bridge (built in the late Roman times) has progressed to a stone arch bridge which was then eventually replaced by the current London Bridge. This prominent monument, which is now recognised as the icon of London, was only finished in 1972 and construction was executed using the cantilever method. The old stone arches have been superseded by beams of pre-stressed concrete.
Southwark Park has amazing views of greenery and it includes a cafe and children’s play room. The main focus, however, is the bandstand which is a popular venue for different events and performances in the summer. There are several smaller parks in the area, including Bermondsey Spa Gardens, which has various facilities catered to children.
Tube 3 mins walk to London Bridge station which has the Northern line and the Jubilee line.
Train Trains from South Bermondsey station take eight minutes to London Bridge and also serve the Beckenham Junction and West Croydon routes.
Bike There is a traffic free route from Camberwell to Durand’s Wharf on the river because of the South Bermondsey walking and cycling network.
Bus Local routes include the C10 (to Victoria), P12 (to Canada Water/Surrey Quays), 47/N47 (to London Bridge and Shoreditch), 188 (to Waterloo), and 381/N381 (to London Bridge).
Getting Away London City Airport is only half an hour away by public transport.
As Weston Street is scheduled to complete in January 2018 reviews are still pending.
"I have two words for our new house. Simply marvellous."
- Rod, Shepherdess Walk
"They've made a big difference to the quality of our lives which we're extremely grateful for."
- Gillian, Essex Mews