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Igloo Regeneration - Bermondsey Housing

Bermondsey Island development creates 13 units of affordable housing on a prominent site close to Tower Bridge in London. Mowat & Company won the project through an Architecture Foundation competition.

The challenge was to create a new model of desirable yet affordable accommodation that was distinctive but at the same time responded to the local context.

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The design solution arose from the planning constraints of the site and the site’s designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Massing the building as five storeys of accommodation above a ground floor commercial unit created a new visual landmark and allowed the building to respond to the larger neighbouring buildings. We created a distinctive identity for the building through the use of materials including aquilted blue/black tilebrick from Ibstock, white render and white powder-coated steel balconies.

Bermondsey Island has won several awards including a RIBA Regional Award.

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"The architect has created an excellent standard of accommodation with 100% dual aspect flats with generous internal floorspace and external terraces, and thoughtful layouts."

Gordon Adams
Senior Planner, LB Southwark 2012