- Location: Brixton, London
- Client: London Borough of Lambeth
- Date: 2015 - Ongoing
- Value: £14m
- Awards: New London Awards Housing - Winner 2016 Housing Design Awards - Shortlist 2016 New London Awards Masterplan - Finalist 2015
Somerleyton Road is an ambitious regeneration scheme delivering 300 affordable homes, a relocated Oval House theatre, a gym, dementia care unit, warden assisted homes for the elderly, convenience store and children’s nursery for Lambeth Council. As part of a collaborative project Mæ created the extra-care housing scheme that allows independent living, with care support as required, for people aged over 55.
The extra-care building contains 65 homes with a mix of one and two bedroom flats. Residents enjoy self-contained flats alongside shared facilities allowing them to engage in communal activities or to retreat for privacy. Flat sizes are generous and flexible. Dual aspect layouts provide plenty of daylight, fresh air and great views over the neighbourhood.
The design combines ideas of modern apartment living with the architectural qualities of almshouses. Design principles are applied to meet the specific needs and aspirations of older people now and in the future.
Multi-purpose spaces, including a lounge and restaurant, will be available for residents to enjoy; along with gardens and winter gardens designed to encourage sensory planting, vegetable growing, as well as quiet contemplation.