Transforming a vacant industrial building into an award-winning mixed-use development, Clyde Terrace is a forward-thinking scheme situated within a conservation area in Forest Hill, Lewisham.

ClientL&Q
Number of Homes 52 work and commercial
Tenure Mix 77% affordable, 23% shared ownership
Site Size 0.296 ha
Completion Date March 2018

The mix of uses informed a typology of commercial use at street level and residential above which is well established along Dartmouth Road. This horizontal bedding of uses helped to separate them, giving the commercial units greater frontage and therefore access to the street, whilst elevating the residential above the public realm, the noise and pollution of passing cars and trains and, in so doing, providing habitable rooms with views beyond the site.

With a fa├žade fronting onto a railway line, the acoustic properties of the building were carefully considered, with sunspaces acting as a buffer for unwanted noise. Clyde Terrace comprises 52 new apartments, of which 10 are live-work units. Seven ground-floor commercial units provide flexible options for local businesses. The scheme benefits from excellent transport links, due to the creation of a new route connecting the High Street with the neighbouring railway station.

The success of the scheme has been recognised by CABE with a Building for Life Gold Award, where the project achieved one of the highest scores recorded for the awards.