04 - 08 - 2023

We are pleased to have submitted Bessborough Road for planning. The specialist housing scheme for Wandsworth Borough Council consists of eight one-bed homes for residents with learning disabilities.

BPTW developed the design with Wandsworth Borough Council’s specialist occupational therapist and Adult Social Service Commissioning teams to create inclusive, comfortable homes. The new homes are fully adaptable to accommodate the largest variation in needs, and the ground-floor apartments are wheelchair accessible. Every home is oversized to provide a flexible space for guests. The scheme includes an onsite caretaker’s flat for residents to visit and spend time in its larger communal space. External amenity includes a sensory garden that caters to residents’ needs and a refurbished playground for the neighbourhood’s less-able children to use.

The character of Bessborough Road takes inspiration from the adjacent apartment buildings influenced by early post-war Scandinavian social housing. The scheme has also been designed with high sustainability aspirations, aiming to achieve Passivhaus Classic Standard by incorporating brise-soleil, louvres and MHVR systems to mitigate overheating. A biodiverse roof and PV Panels improve the building’s energy efficiency.

Bessborough Road is part of a package of four sites assessed by BPTW for Wandsworth Borough Council, which also includes 30 affordable homes designed to Passivhaus Classic Standard Farnborough House. We look forward to Bessborough Road going to committee later this year.