Lambeth Council’s redevelopment of Mary Seacole House on Clapham High Street, in partnership with Cathedral Group, has beaten off the competition to win a major national housing award.
The ‘Clapham One’ development – which is seeing a new library, healthcare centre, café and 136 homes built in the heart of Clapham – triumphed against 97 other entries in the prestigious Housing Design Awards 2010.
Judges praised the quality and innovation of the building’s design and architecture, as well as its low energy use and sustainability.
In their appraisal, the judges said: “The proposals… take a corner site and let rip. Curved buildings of seven to 12 storeys spin off a vortex which houses the library, its book shelving edging a ramp that spirals upwards like the access ramps within the GLA or the Vatican.”
The Clapham One scheme is part of Future Clapham, a major regeneration project being led by Lambeth Council that also involves the creation of a new leisure centre with 25 metre swimming pool and gym at the existing leisure centre and depot site.
The council has been working with its development partner, Cathedral Group, on the £80 million project, and local people have also been involved in steering the design process. The architect is Studio Egret West.
Councillor Sally Prentice, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning, Employment and Enterprise, said:
“To get this recognition is of course a bonus, but the real satisfaction will come when the new library, leisure centre and other facilities open to the public, at the end of next year.
“This major project has been in the pipeline since 2007 and despite the economic conditions it is now coming to fruition. This is a truly inspiring development that will provide much needed high quality homes as well as fantastic new community, sport and health facilities in the heart of Clapham.”