Towers will contain 338 flats

Spparc has won planning for 338 homes in three towers near the Old Kent Road in south London.

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Spparc’s mixed-use scheme for Verney Road

Southwark council approved the mixed-use scheme last night.

The three towers, which rise from 16 to 22 storeys, will be built by Argon Capital on a brownfield site on Verney Road, part of the Old Kent Road opportunity area.

The development will contain more than 5,200sq m of commercial co-working space for start-ups, with frontages that will be visually permeable to provide interest on the street and across the courtyards.

The towers will contain the 338 flats, 36% of which will be “affordable”.

The architect said the design took inspiration from the area’s industrial heritage – with cantilevered balconies stacked in reference to the stacked timber yards which once lined the nearby Grand Surrey Canal. And the imprint from the timber formwork will be left exposed as a further reminder.

Pathways through the site will link courtyards, play areas, a lateral park and other public spaces.

Trevor Morriss, principal at Spparc, said: “Working within the context of this extraordinary historic area of London has been a voyage of industrial discovery. We are very excited by the potential for this scheme to add enormously to the borough, both in terms of amenity, design intent and community cohesion.”

Spparc has worked extensively in Southwark but is also collaborating with Heatherwick Studio on the other side of London on the redevelopment of Olympia.