Appleby Blue Almshouse
Appleby Blue is a modern new 57 home almshouse launched by United St Saviour's Charity, providing affordable independent sheltered housing fit for the 21st Century, benefitting Southwark’s older people and the wider community.
Southwark Park Road, Central London
Witherford Watson Mann
Modern, independent sheltered housing in the heart of Bermondsey
The Almshouse consists of a five-storey building surrounding a courtyard garden, incorporating beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. The structure consists of a four-storey reinforced concrete frame with flat slabs and the top storey is timber construction. Lift and staircase core walls are constructed in concrete for stability.
The architecturally expressed, slender cantilever walkways received a high degree of design focus to achieve the desired aesthetic whilst integrating the building services and thermal breaks.
Design challenges have also included the 17-metre span concrete encased transfer beams, which support the building above the open-plan garden room.