First Look: Architype given green light for sustainable Peckham charity HQ
Scheme on island site is follows Passivhaus principles
Architype has been granted planning permission for a new headquarters for the Peckham Settlement, a community-based charity in south London.
The 2,850sq m scheme will provide a new hall, community café, training and meeting rooms, as well as a nursery, media facilities, youth lounge and office space for the charity and other community organisations.
Located on an island site, the scheme incorporates an existing brick and concrete structure, cutting holes in its perimeter wall to make new connections with the street.
A lightweight glu-lam timber frame grows out of the structure, rising to three storeys along its eastern elevation, and morphing in section along the street in response to the surrounding change of scale.
The eastern elevation is articulated as a series of angled glazed fins, which allow north light into office spaces, while the southern elevation is cut away to bring light deep into the nursery space, sunken a half level below. To the west, a green roof — designed in collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust — slopes down in a curve, supporting a series of community allotments.
“We have designed the building following Passivhaus principles, employing passive solar gain, heat recovery, biodiversity and an exemplary thermal envelope, with airtightness performance of up to 80% better than UK regulations,” said project architect James Todd.
Developed in collaboration with 20 local community groups, the £6 million project is being financed by the Communitybuilders fund, with construction scheduled to start in September.